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River Rocks - Landscaping Your Yard
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There are a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to landscaping your yard. The design can be as creative as you want it to be, but there are a few things to keep in mind. You’ll need to plan for the organized placement of plants, trees, decorative rocks, and other elements as well as ongoing maintenance needs. Whether you’re starting from scratch or you want to update your existing exterior space, here are five mistakes to avoid when you’re landscaping your yard.

1. Working without a Clear Design Plan

If you’re going to invest time and effort into creating the outdoor living space of your dreams, your most important first step is to create a detailed design plan. Not starting with a clear design plan is one of the most common mistakes people make when they approach landscaping. Simply planning to put plants in the sunniest spots isn’t enough. With a good design plan, you’ll be better able to create an outdoor space that’s both functional and visually appealing. It’s important to consider basic design elements such as space, position, viewpoints, and access. A clear, detailed plan will help you ensure your design is cohesive instead of simply a jumble of ideas that end up not working well together.

2. Cutting Grass Too Short

If you’re planning to include grass in your landscape, it’s important to avoid cutting it too low. You may be tempted to trim it as low as possible for both convenience and aesthetics, but doing so could hurt or even kill your grass. Cutting your grass extremely short removes too much of its leaf surface, which negatively affects its ability to perform photosynthesis. It can also result in weak and unhealthy roots that can’t absorb nutrients properly. Try to keep your grass between two and a half and three inches long.

3. Using Too Much Mulch

You may choose to use mulch in your landscape to conserve moisture, reduce weed growth, and increase the area’s visual appeal. In particular, if you’re planning to use decorative rocks, such as polished black river rock, around trees, shrubs, and other plants, it’s a good idea to place a layer of mulch under the rocks. This will retain moisture and protect roots when stones heat up in the sun. However, if you use too much mulch in one area, such as around a tree, you could create a slope that retains too much moisture and could harm your tree. A loosely packed layer is all that’s necessary.

4. Not Considering Different Seasons

The cycles of temperature, rainfall, and sunlight throughout the year can significantly affect your landscape’s appearance. Your choice of plants and flowers may vary from season to season, so you’ll want to use decorative elements, such as river rocks and beach pebbles, that will complement a variety of plants. Only considering a single season can lead to several issues. For example, black polished pebbles might create a tastefully minimalist look when your shrubs are flowering, but will they create a dull appearance when blooming season is over? Consider how all your growing elements will change throughout the year so you can choose plants and hardscaping materials such as decorative rocks that work well in every season.

5. Failing to Control Weeds

Even if you use more decorative rocks than trees, flowers, or bushes in your landscape, weeds could still pop up and make your yard look untidy. However, using landscaping fabric under your decorative rocks will block out the sunlight, preventing weeds from growing and reducing your maintenance needs. You may see a few weeds here and there, but you can use an herbicide to keep clumps of weeds from growing into an annoying problem.

Decorative rocks and beach pebbles can give your landscape additional depth, character, and beauty. Whether you choose to use snow-white pebbles or river rock, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rock Stones & Pebbles, a premier river rock and supply superstore. To learn how we can help you create the landscape of your dreams, call us today at (866) 380-0770.

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