The 8 Best Types of Landscaping rocks In 2020
The art of using rocks for decorations has been going on for a long time now. Back in the day, ancient Europeans used them to make monuments, the early cavemen used them to carve pictures, and now, in recent times, these rocks are used as landscaping rocks to beautify our yards.
Rocks or stones can be very useful when it comes to your landscape makeover. They tend to add a unique touch and give your outdoor space a distinct appearance, look, and feel. Using landscaping rocks to beautify your home can be done in a lot of ways. They are good for creating paths to your main residence if you have a huge plot, or you can use them to decorate your fountain. It is just so much you can do with landscaping rocks. The possibilities are simply limitless!
Although, as a side note, rocks are not the only materials you can use to decorate your yard. Things like flowers, trees, shrubs, and other kinds of vegetation can be used as decorations for your yard. However, these decorations can be expensive and difficult to maintain but, using rocks will not only be less stressful for you, but they also provide a lot of texture, contrast, and versatility to your yard when you use them. Plus, some of these rocks are quite cheap to acquire.
Furthermore, the variety of rocks that you can use for landscaping is simply mind-blowing. There are so many landscaping rocks available in the market today. Because of this immense variety of rocks to choose from, the list of options you have for the landscape design of your yard or any outdoor space practically has no limitations. This article aims to provide you with a list of some of the best landscaping rocks you can use for landscaping. Keep reading to know more!
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LANDSCAPING ROCKS
Choosing the ideal landscaping rock for your yard or outdoor space cannot be overemphasized. These rocks will literally set the tone for your yard and give it that dazzling appearance it needs. So, in as much as we are in a hurry to get started on decorating our yard, we should pause for a second and ask ourselves this question; what feeling/impression do I want my space to give off? Answering this question will help make your choice of rocks so much easier and exciting. Each rock brings it’s own unique feel and beauty to your yard and so, I recommend you choose wisely.
TYPES OF LANDSCAPING ROCKS
Landscaping cannot only be exciting and relaxing but, it can also be a lot of fun and a very daunting task. Now, if you are going to be using rocks for your love design, taking a minute or two to examine the various kinds of rocks we have out there can do you a lot of good. Here are some of the best options worth looking at;
Decomposed Granite is a special kind of landscaping rock that has been decomposed or washed down by several factors, making it look like very tiny pieces of fine rocks, hence the name decomposed granite. This form of landscaping rock is perfect for making pavements as it comes in a variety of colors. The rock is also cheap and affordable, which makes it a perfect pick for your yard.
Crushed granite is small fine pieces of granite that are almost as tiny as decomposed granite. These granites are flexible and loose, and they do not form puddles when you use them. They are extremely natural when it comes to appearance, and so they are a perfect accessory for customizing your pathways and pavements. They also blend well with plants and other beautifying agents you’ve got going in your yard. However, when it comes to pricing, crushed granites are expensive but, the good thing is that it is durable and can last for a very long time depending on your maintenance and the weather in your area.
Pea gravel is another landscaping rock with amazing qualities. As the name implies, pea gravel is a pea-sized gravel/pebble that has been completely smoothened out by water. These pebbles are normally found in streams and the banks of rivers and are available in a lot of earthly tones. The water bodies tend to constantly rush over them, giving them the smooth nature of theirs. Pea gravel has a lot of uses when it comes to landscaping. They are used to beautify dog parks, playgrounds, theme parks, pathways, and sometimes underground places. This landscaping rock is inexpensive, pretty, and comes in different colors.
River rocks are almost the same as pea gravel. They have small sizes, located near river banks and streams, and have their bodies smoothened out by water constantly running over them. They are completely suitable for any length with water feature designs.
You can also use river rocks to replace mulch in your gardens, however, these rocks are quite expensive to procure. These rocks are durable and long-lasting because they do not decompose over time unlike mulch, and they give your plants protection from weeds and add beauty to your garden.
Rocks that are formed from the quick cooling of real lava and have crystallized in the process are called lava rocks. They are sometimes called volcanic rocks. They are not heavy (lightweight rocks) and can act as a boundary for separating your plants from weeds and bugs. They also allow water to pass through them easily and distribute such water to your plants.
Brick rocks that have been reduced into small chip-like sizes are called brick chips. They are mostly used for landscaping. Brick chips are used in combination with landscaping fabric, which makes sure that these chips don’t get dissolved by the dirt. They are perfect for controlling the growth of weeds.
When compared to mulch, brick chips are the next best thing because they retain water, do not attract bugs and do not break down easily.
Flagstones are usually square or rectangular stones used for landscaping. They are smooth and mostly used to decorate pavements and pathways. Using sand or concrete as a layer before putting the flagstones is a good way to make them last longer. Although, concretes are a better option and a bit more permanent. They are a little bit expensive and can last for a long time.
Apart from how sleek and classy marbles are, they can be used for a lot of landscaping design options. You can use marble chips to cover the soil and decorate your gardens. However, it should not be used on gardens that have plants that need high acidity to thrive as they can change the pH level of the soil. They are a little bit expensive to purchase too.
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