Category Landscape Rocks
Sometimes endearingly referred to as “weed fabric,” landscape fabric has many practical uses and applications, although it also has some limitations. For instance, it only deters weeds for a certain period. If placing this type of fabric under your decorative rocks is an idea you’re toying around with, here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind.

Landscape Fabric Can Be Ideal for Areas with Only Decorative Rocks

If you have certain spots where you only want to use material such as river rock for decorative purposes, landscape fabric can work well. With applications of this nature, the fabric can prevent decorative rocks from sinking into the soil. This can also be beneficial if you’ll be using heavier decorative rocks that could otherwise get buried as they dig into the soil or become uneven and unappealing to the eye.

It Can Also Allow for Sufficient Drainage Under Decorative Rocks

Geotextile landscape fabric allows for some degree of water penetration through the fabric. This type of landscape fabric can work well under decorative rocks by allowing for sufficient drainage. What this does is prevent excess water pooling whenever you get heavy rain or strong storms.

Landscape Fabric Won’t Completely Prevent Weed Intrusion

Landscape fabric isn’t going to keep weeds from growing or getting around your decorative rocks at some point. This can happen over time as the decorative rocks break down or debris gradually collects on top of the fabric. The fabric itself can become torn in spots from the pressure from the decorative rocks or from natural wear. These tears can grow large enough to give weeds an opening. However, landscape fabric does make weeds easier to manage.

It Presents Some Challenges if You’ll Be Mixing Plants with Decorative Rocks

You don’t have to keep decorative rocks and plants separate to use landscape fabric. But if you do wish to mix plants in with your decorative rocks, don’t use mulch. The reason for this piece of advice is because mulch actually defeats the purpose of landscape fabric. For one thing, mulch breaks down fairly quickly. It will eventually form an enriched type of soil on top of the fabric that provides a perfect growing spot for weeds. However, you can still effectively mix plants with decorative rocks that have landscape fabric under them by:

• Spacing out the plants within the decorative rocks so it’s easier to clear away debris
• Using eco-friendly herbicides around the plants within the decorative rocks where there are openings in the landscape fabric to minimize weed intrusions
• Using a mix of big and small decorative river rock mixed in with spaced-out plants so the smaller decorative rocks can be packed tightly together or layered to deter weed growth

Landscape Fabric Isn’t Good for Decorative Rocks Placed around Trees

It’s best not to use landscape fabric under decorative rocks that are placed around trees for aesthetic purposes. It’s fine to put decorative rocks around trees. However, landscape fabric can keep moisture and important nutrients away from tree roots, so you should avoid placing it around trees where you want to use decorative rocks as a border. 

No matter what kind of landscaping project you’re planning, decorative rocks and beach pebbles can give it additional depth, character, and beauty. Whether you’re looking for an assortment of river rock or the highest-quality Mexican beach pebble, 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) 380-0580.

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