Gravel is more than just grey rock you see on an unpaved driveway. It’s a great element to incorporate into your Landscaping to reduce maintenance, aid in drainage and provide different look to a garden or yard. Landscaping Gravel is more versatile than most people realize as it comes in many colors to create a look that coordinates beautifully with your home. Here are some ways you can use gravel as part of your landscaping.
Replace Your Grass
This might be one of the biggest trends these days. Grass requires watering and chemicals to look great. If you’re trying to reduce your impact on the environment, consider replacing some or all of your grass with Landscaping Gravel. When you incorporate it into your yard with native or drought resistant plants, you won’t need to water often and you’ll not spend thousands of dollars keeping your yard looking great. If you don’t want to totally eliminate your yard, look into Xeriscaping which is a low maintenance garden. You can add walking stones throughout the gravel for walking paths.
If you want or need a walkway on your property, instead of cement or pavers, consider laying walking stones with landscaping gravel around them. There are two benefits of gravel walkways over cement – they don’t crack and they provide better natural drainage. Choosing the right color walking stones and gravel can add a decorative touch to your space.
Landscaping Gravel Instead of Mulch
If you’ve not considered landscaping gravel as a replacement to mulch here are a few reasons you should:
- No mold or mildew
- Wood eating insects aren’t interested
- Gravel is too heavy for most small rodents to burrow into
- Better moisture retention than mulch for better protection of your plant roots
- Gravel does a better job deterring weeds than mulch
Although you’ll need to periodically refresh your landscaping gravel just like you would your mulch, it’s much less frequent and you don’t need to remove your existing gravel to add new.
Drainage and Water Features
Landscaping gravel can provide excellent water drainage. If you have an area around your home where water flows away from your property, consider lining it with gravel. It will look better when it’s dry and when you add some large stones or river rock, it creates a beautiful effect when water is draining through your property. If you have a small pond or fountain, gravel is a great natural element to use in and around it. Add some native foliage and it may look like you have a natural water feature.
If you’re still not sure how you want to complete your landscaping design or if landscaping gravel is right for your application, let the pros at The Rock Place help. We’d love to provide our input and help you select the perfect elements for your property. And if you have any ideas we’ve missed, we’d love to see how you’ve incorporated gravel and stone into your landscaping. Reach out to us by phone at (615) 459-9200, fill out our contact form or stop by our facility at 475 Wade Herrod Rd in Smyrna for more ideas.
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