Rocks add natural beauty and character to any landscape. River rocks have been a staple in landscaping for decades. People often use these rocks to create everything from dramatic water features to quaint zen gardens. If you’re thinking of any hardscaping projects for your outdoor space this year, you should consider decorative stone or river rocks. Landscaping with river rock is a cost-effective option that provides beautiful, lasting results. It’s a versatile landscaping material that you can use throughout your lawn. Here are a few creative ways to incorporate decorative rocks into your landscape.
Create a Natural Barrier
River rocks are great tools for your landscape design. They provide a natural privacy barrier. Whether between your property and the main street or to create a simple border around your home separating from your neighbor’s yard, small rocks are perfect. Another option can be a developed wall featuring larger rocks with other design elements, such as ferns and vines, to provide even more privacy.
Running water on your property can erode the soil and make it difficult for grass to grow. Using river rocks where water frequently flows can solve these issues. Simply place river rocks where your downspout ends and lay them along the path where the gutter flow normally runs to ease the water. Look for other areas in your yard where water runs and settles frequently. You can identify those areas on rainy days by looking for mini streams, ruts, and other signs of erosion. Use rocks to cover those areas and help direct the water through your property for erosion control and better drainage.
Use as Mulch in Your Garden
Consider mulching your garden beds with river rock for some added texture. River rock mulch prevents erosion, and the various colors and sizes help your plants stand out. It also helps to prevent weed growth in gardens. Additionally, river rock offers a permanence that most organic mulches cannot. Organic mulches, like wood chips or shredded bark, need routine replacement. In comparison, river rocks can last years without replacement.
Create an Ornamental Design
Decorative stones and river rocks can also be ornamental elements in your outdoor space. A simple stone wall in a small garden naturally provides character and interest to your space. Alternatively, the small size of river rocks makes it easy to create various curves, turns, and designs on the ground. This lets you replicate a flowing creek or small pond without actually adding water.
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If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape for winter or spring, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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