When you're having some landscaping done, one of the things that you'll need to consider is the use of ground cover. Many homeowners opt for natural ground cover in many areas throughout their yards, including on walkways and around gardens, to provide some visual interest and serve as an alternative to grass. While there are many different types of natural ground cover to consider, from stones to small plants, it's also worthwhile to talk to your contractor about some artificial ground-cover options. Many types of artificial ground cover look highly natural, and this allows your yard to have a natural appearance. Opting for this type of ground cover provides these benefits.
Low Risk of Damage
Backyard pests such as skunks and raccoons can cause considerable damage to your natural ground cover by digging it up to look for bugs to eat. The ground cover, like the grass, is often a target because of the rich, snack-providing earth directly below it. You don't have to worry about this issue with artificial ground cover. This product is robust enough to resist common pests, and that means that the neighborhood skunk will likely find another yard to dig in.
One of the benefits of ground cover is that it typically doesn't need a high degree of maintenance. However, many types of ground cover do need your occasional attention. Some plants need to be trimmed to control their spread while some rocky areas will occasionally have grass grow up through the rocks, requiring your attention. You don't have to worry about any maintenance when you use an artificial ground cover. Your contractor puts it where you want it, and you'll hardly have to think about it again—other than to enjoy the look of it, of course.
Friendly for Kids and Pets
If you have children and pets who spend time in your yard, you'll constantly be worrying about their damaging the ground cover if it's of the natural variety. Although some natural ground covers are fairly robust and can be walked upon, others can get damaged due to this sort of contact. You probably don't want to waste time hovering around your backyard to make sure that your natural ground cover isn't stepped on, but you won't have this concern with artificial ground cover. Your kids and animals can run around on this artificial surface without causing any damage to it.
Contact a company such as Bourget Bros. Building Materials for further details.