5 Less Known Ground Covers

We have talked about organic mulches to use for looks and function earlier this year. But we all know there are also inorganic mulches out there to use on your property for several reasons. There is always a good time to talk about protecting your lawn and landscape, covering the ground, keeping it safe from weeds, pests, extreme weather phenomena, and so on; this is why today our lawn care Fairfield, CT specialists want to present you with five less known mulches of the inorganic type. They all come with their pros and cons and you should know a few things about them to make an educated decision.

Corrugated Cardboard

Simple, corrugated cardboard is used as mulch to deter weeds and keep the plants’ roots cool and moist during summer heat. Cardboard usually comes with add-ons such as plastics, tape, staples, labels and so on, so you’d better remove all of them before using it as ground cover.

Upside: Cheap, available, easy to install, used mostly to suppress turf to make room for outdoor structure buildings.

Downside: it looks rather bad, so it is better used in landscape areas receiving little to no visits.


Newspapers, just like cardboard and all other paper products, is biodegradable. As mulch and groundcover, newspaper sheets are used mostly to suppress weeds and pests. As a recommendation, our lawn care Fairfield, CT experts say you should apply no more than 5-6 newspapers sheets as mulch underneath another type of mulch.

Upside: Excellent to keep shade and soil’s moisture and recommended for flower beds and trees heavily exposed to the sun. Also cheap and easy to use.

Downside: It looks unattractive and may be dangerous if the ink heavily infiltrates into the soil when it rains.

Pea Gravel

One of the most revered types of inorganic mulch, gravel and stone create a neat, clean, gorgeous and manicured landscape, keeping the soil cool and moist while suppressing most pests and weeds. Our lawn care Fairfield, CT pros, together with their landscaping Fairfield, CT colleagues recommend pea gravel and stone ground covers for permanent plantings.

Upside: Long-lasting and inert, can be colored or textured upon your liking to blend in the theme of the landscape. It keeps the soil cool and moist.

Downside: It doesn’t decompose and has no fertilization purposes. On the contrary, it can render the soil a little too alkaline.

Landscape Fabric and Plastic Film

These are some types of groundcovers you can buy from the store, being ready for applications in the garden, permanent plantings, trees and flower beds.

Upside: Both used as annual weed / pest barriers, allowing the exchange of water and oxygen. Can be applied directly onto the soil and fastened to keep in place. Work well with organic mulches on top.

Downside:  They don’t control perennial weeds and have no fertilization benefits. Sometimes expensive and less good looking for some planting sites. May need an extra use of chemical sprays to reduce weeds. May be difficult to install by the inexperienced gardeners.

With all their pros and cons, these inorganic and less known ground covers are an important part of landscaping. Ask your local lawn care Fairfield, CT experts about them and other types of inorganic mulches to decide what to use this year.