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Choosing the Right Landscaping Rock for Your Home

Outdoor spaces can serve many purposes, and the smallest details can make all the difference when building one. Many homeowners will invest long hours into ensuring that all aspects of their yard are to their liking, whether in the curb appeal or choosing the colors and contrasts. One small aspect that can make or break a yard for many homeowners is the size of their landscaping rocks (also known as garden rocks). Landscaping rocks can give color, contrast, texture, and other features to your outdoor space. However, knowing the best landscaping rocks to use is just as important. If the rocks are too large, they can overwhelm the area, but if they are too small, they can muddle other elements in the yard.

Not only can the correct landscaping rocks enhance your yard’s appeal, but they are also great alternatives to grass for drought-resistant yards. They are also more manageable than mulch or other forms of soil. This will help keep weeds and other pests away while making your space look beautiful and fabulous for years to come.

Whether you’re looking for a classic look, or wish to use a combination of several types, let’s take a look at some of the options below so you can decide the best choice for your yard.

Also Read : Why Should You Choose Landscaping Rocks?

Types of Landscaping Rock

1. Pea Gravel

As a very affordable type of landscaping rock, pea gravel is very popular for homeowners. Pea gravel, also known as beach pebbles, comes in various colors and is known for its smooth edges. This makes pea gravel an excellent choice for trails, pathways, and other yard decorations. Due to their small size, it’s recommended you add solid edging around where you’ll apply the rocks so that they don’t spread around the yard. Otherwise, you’ll need to regularly sweep the pea gravel away from grass, concrete, or pavement. They are also a challenge to remove once applied, so ensure this is the type you want before using it.

Despite the potential problems with organization, pea gravel’s smooth texture makes it an excellent surface for bare feet to walk on, whether alongside a pool, path, or even a playground. Its neutral colors are also a great accent against solid green grass or even a fountain.

2. River Rocks

Another common landscaping rock is river rocks, which are similar to pea gravel. They are a little bigger and can be found anywhere from 3/4 to 2 inches in length. Their color ranges from white, black, brown, marble, and many more. Their medium size makes them easier to handle compared to pea gravel, so they are easy to use for paths around gardens and flowerbeds. They provide great accents for trees, shrubs, borders, fountains, barriers, and even larger rocks and boulders. Since they are larger, they are also heavier, meaning they are less likely to scatter around the yard and stay in the area they are placed. However, it is much harder to deal with weeds due to their medium-sized compared to pea gravel.

3. Chipped Rocks

As the name suggests, these rocks have been chipped down to medium size from larger rocks. Chipped rocks are not known for their smooth surface, but they add additional texture that other landscaping rocks do not provide. They commonly come in white but can be found in numerous colors. They can offset anything from colorful flowers to tan desert landscapes. Due to their rough edges, installing additional edging is highly recommended to keep them in place.

4. Lava Rock

Lava rock is another popular garden rock choice for many homeowners. These rocks come from volcanoes and have been broken into pieces. They aren’t known for their smooth edges, but their eye-catching red coloring makes them an excellent accent for yards with a desert landscape. Lava rock is typically used to cover larger areas instead of simply replacing mulch around trees or shrubs. They’re beneficial for places where maintaining grass is costly.

5. Boulders

Boulders are one of the largest landscaping rocks that homeowners can use. Their size will make them semi-permanent decorations in an outdoor space and are simple and easy to maintain. They not only come in several sizes and colors but also come in various shapes. Boulders can become an excellent focal point in your yard if appropriately placed.

Besides decorative use, boulders can also be used to make retaining walls, outcroppings, and bench rocks. They can also be used in place of trees or large shrubs for a more water-friendly option.

Also Read : 7 Tips on How to Use Landscaping Rocks 

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