Reduce Soil Erosion
Many outdoor areas have slopes or other features that increase the risk of soil erosion. Decorative rocks do more than just look pretty. You can also use the decorative rocks to weigh down the soil to prevent it from washing away with the next rainstorm. On slopes, decorative edging can keep the rocks in place while also reinforcing the soil. If you’re using decorative rocks such as snow-white pebbles for soil erosion control, choose slightly larger ones that are less likely to move over time.
Increase Water Efficiency Around Plants
If you find water tends to evaporate as soon as you pour it around your plants, it may be time to take further action. Decorative rocks can function like mulch by covering the ground and blocking some of the direct sunlight. This allows the water more time to soak into the soil, which increases water efficiency. Decorative rocks are often used in xeriscaping for this specific purpose, and they look just as beautiful around succulents as they do near other types of trees and bushes.
Protect the Ground on Walking Paths
Sometimes it’s preferable to avoid putting down asphalt or concrete. You might prefer a more natural-looking walking path in your garden or on areas of your property people tend to use for relaxation and recreation. Yet you might also prefer to avoid having a muddy trail of footprints all over the lawn. Decorative stones are an alternative to more permanent forms of paving a space.
Once you’ve identified your preferred walking path, place the stones on top of the soil to guide people where you prefer them to walk. You can use stones with or without decorative edging to create the path, and you’ll find they also increase the curb appeal of your property. Consider making a path using contrasting colors of stones, such as white and black polished pebbles, for a classic look.
Prevent Weed Growth
Leaving bare dirt in a lawn or garden area tends to create more problems than you might expect. While you’ll be able to opt out of mowing, you’ll likely find that weeds pop up faster than grass. On top of being an eyesore, weed-filled landscaping can allow non-native plants to grow, which is often bad for the environment.
Choosing to put down natural pebbles covers up the soil and blocks seeds from being able to get into the ground. While you can use landscaping fabric for additional protection against weed growth, most people have good success rates with just putting the decorative rocks on the soil in areas where unwanted plants are less likely to grow.
For advice on designing your home’s landscape with river rocks and beach pebbles, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rocks Stones & Pebbles, a premier landscape rock and supply superstore. We specialize in drought-tolerant landscaping materials, including Mexican beach pebble and a variety of colored river rock, such as polished black river rock. To learn how we can help you enhance the character and beauty of your outdoor space, call us today at (866) 380-0770.