River rock is a great addition to any landscape design. It generally comes in a variety of colors, ranging from grays to tans to even lavender tones. It can add a lot of beauty and personality to your garden. If you want to use river rocks in your next landscaping design, here are three tips that will help you out.
#1 Add Plants First
As you make your landscaping design, the river rocks are really one of the last steps that you should take. First you should determine what plants you want to incorporate into your design. Then, you should map out where you want the plants to go. Next, you should actually plant the vegetation that you want in your landscape design.
Make sure that you dig deep holes for any bushes so that the plants can establish deep roots. If you want flowers in your design, try to stick to perennials so you don't have to re-dig and move your rocks every year in order to add more color to your landscape.
#2 Put Down Landscaping Fabric
Anywhere where you want to put down river rocks you should first lay down landscaping fabric. Landscaping fabric is a great way to prevent weeds from growing up around your river rocks and causing you more work over time. Landscaping fabric will also help hold your rocks in place and establish exactly where you want the river rocks to go.
Be sure to work the landscaping fabric around the plants that make up your landscape design. You can cut opens for the plants or trim the fabric around the plant. Be sure to leave room for the plant's trunk to breath and for water and sunlight to get to the plants base.
#3 Add River Rock
Carefully pour the river rock onto the landscaping fabric and around your plants. For a great look, you are going to want to make sure that river rocks are a couple of inches deep. This will help ensure that the rocks stay in place over time. You may also want to put pavers around the edge of your rocks to help keep everything in place as well.
You can use traditional stone pavers to keep the river rocks in place, or you can use more creative pavers to make a boarder around the river rock, such as bigger river rocks or railroad ties. The key is to make sure that the river rocks will not get moved around by natural forces and will continue to persist as part of your landscape design.
Talk with landscapers from a company like Green ServPro, LLC. as you consider landscape designs.
When I was young, I loved helping my mother in the garden. Our yard was filled with plants and flowers that she kept in immaculate condition. Once I was an adult and bought my first home, I learned that there was much more to landscaping a yard than I ever imagined! After a little trial and error planting a few flowers in my yard that died quickly, I realized the technology that is available to aspiring gardeners makes trial and error a thing of the past. After I found out what my "hardiness zone" was, I realized I was planting flowers made for much cooler climates, and I played around with software that let me design my yard very easily! I learned a lot throughout the experience, so I thought I would share my tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often to check out my new tips!