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Using River Rock in Your Landscaping

River Rock is one of the most versatile landscaping rocks because it’s available in many colors and sizes. It’s also among the most beautiful because the rocks have been shaped and smoothed by moving water. Here are some common uses of this type of landscaping rock.

Replace Mulch

If you’re tired of mildewing and rotting mulch or the bugs it attracts, river rock is an great solution. Because many different types of stone make up the rock, there are many colors which can brighten your landscaping and add some color. Although it’s a more expensive initial investment than mulch, you’ll save over time as you won’t need to replace it, just periodically refresh the level.

Create a Rockscape

If you have planters and don’t want to set them on your grass, driveway or patio, lay river rock and set them on and in the rock. This makes watering a breeze and weeding simple. It’s also an easy way to create multiple levels of plants when you use planters of different heights combined with in-ground ones.

Surround Your Stepping Stones

If you need a walkway through a garden or from the front of your home to the back, stepping stones are a great option. However, you may not want to simply set them in the grass as you’ll have to edge around them. When you surround the stepping stones with rock, you’ll simply need to keep it weed-free for a great-looking and low-maintenance walkway.

Around Your Patio

If you have a patio, it is likely sloped ever so slightly away from your home. When the water runs into your grass, the grass can become oversaturated. Solve this problem by adding a 4-6” border of river rock. Not only will it help with drainage, but it will also add a bit of style to your patio.

In Your Water Feature

Even if you purchased a plastic tub style water feature, you can still add river rock to the bottom and sides. This will enhance the look of the water feature. Also consider adding river rock around the pond to continue the look beyond just the water.

Around and To Your Hot Tub

If you have a hot tub and it overflows frequently (or your kids splash water out), consider adding rock around it. It will help the drainage and if your hot tub doesn’t connect directly to your home, adding a river rock and stepping stone walk way is a great way to tie the house to the hot tub in an attractive manner.

River rock has countless uses in your landscaping. If you want to talk to a professional about what you’re looking to do, come to The Rock Place. One of our team members can advise you as to the right size stone and what other options you might want to add with it for a perfect finishing touch to whatever your project may be. Call (615) 459-9200 or come by 475 Wade Herrod Rd in Smyrna.

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