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Mexican Beach Pebbles - Decorative Rocks
Category Landscape Rock
Decorative rocks, regardless of their size, type, or shape, have many potential practical and aesthetic uses throughout a landscape. As you get more specific with regard to placement, there may be some questions that come to mind. One of these is whether or not to remove grass before putting down decorative rocks in certain areas. Whether you’re going to use assorted river rocks or white pebble rock, landscaping will be much easier if you make this decision at the very beginning of the process. Here’s what you need to know as you make this determination.

Grass Removal Isn’t Absolutely Necessary

If you’ll be putting decorative rocks where there’s grass, such as in an area where you want to create a pathway, you can save yourself some time by not removing it first. But if you prefer to skip this bigger step, you’ll need to take some other smaller steps to prepare the surface first.

Use Weed Killers Wisely

One of the potential pitfalls of leaving the grass down is weed growth. One way to minimize this issue is to use weed-killing products. You can also use industrial-strength soil sterilants if you have a larger grass-filled area to treat. With any chemical weed-killing applications, take proper precautions by:

• Avoiding using them when it’s excessively windy
• Placing protective coverings over nearby green areas you want to protect
• Wearing gloves and a face mask to protect yourself
• Keeping smaller kids and pets away from the treated area for at least 24 hours

If you prefer to avoid chemical weed killers, there are natural alternatives. Options include vinegar and salt mixtures.

Smothering the Grass Is an Alternative

What you’re doing here is covering the area where the decorative rocks will go for a while until the grass is no longer actively growing. The potential drawback is you’ll need to leave the covering in place for several weeks or more to achieve the desired goal. If you use plastic, you may be tempted to just leave it in place and put your decorative rocks on top of it, but this blocks drainage. Instead, wait until the grass is dead or fully dried out to remove the plastic, although you can always replace it with landscaping fabric. Thick landscaping fabric can be used instead of plastic to smother grass if you prefer to speed up the process so you can place your new river rock or Mexican beach pebbles more quickly.

Grass Removal May Make Sense

Fully removing grass first gives you a more professional look. Removal is also worth considering if you’ll need to layer your decorative rocks. This way, you can create a deeper area while still keeping the top layer even with the surrounding area. There are three common options for grass removal:

• Shoveling – If the area is fairly contained or you don’t mind doing the work, dig the grass out with a flat shovel. Make sure to dig deep enough to remove the roots, too.
• Tilling – In this case, you’re getting the surface area where your landscaping rocks will be placed down to the bare soil. Rake afterward to create a level surface.
• Grading – Using a grading machine is beneficial if you have a larger area that needs to be cleared. You can do this yourself or hire a local company that does this. 

No matter what kind of landscaping project you’re planning, decorative rocks, stones, and pebbles can give it additional depth, character, and beauty. Whether you’re looking for the finest Mexican beach pebble or gorgeous polished black river rock, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rock Stones & Pebbles, a premier landscape rock and supply superstore. To learn how we can help you create the landscape of your dreams, call us today at (866) 380-0580.

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