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No matter where you are on the planet, rocks provide an affordable way to make a bleak landscape look beautiful. Rocks are becoming increasingly common in landscaping. Even if you don’t live in a desert landscape, rocks can be used for decorative purposes. This is true in the plains, woodlands and coastal areas.

There are many advantages of using rocks in your landscape. Whether they are small or large ones, rocks serve many purposes. Here are some of the reasons you might choose rocks over mulch or other ground coverings.

Benefits of Landscaping with Rocks Instead of Mulch

  • Rocks generally last forever. Mulch decomposes over time and needs replacing.
  • Rocks are cheaper in the long run since they don’t need to be replaced.
  • Water flows directly through rocks, making them more permeable than mulch.
  • Dirt tends to get trapped in mulch. With stones the water flows straight through.
  • While mulch is flammable, rocks are not. This stops fires in their tracks.
  • Mulch is simply messy and spreads everywhere. Stones are a safer solution.
  • Rocks don’t dry out in the sun, which is especially important in the desert.
  • Rocks are better at suffocating and preventing weeds than mulch.

Rock Provides Versatility for Your Landscape

Decorating your landscape with rocks and stone provide many more options than mulch. Sure, plants grow better in soil and mulch, but those can always be placed underneath rocks. While most mulch looks the same, rocks come in many varieties of shapes and colors. You could create unique patterns or create separate areas within your yard using varying shades of color.

When piled up, mulch could make small mounds however this is typically not recommended. With stone such as flagstone you could create steps to higher or lower areas of your land. Without wood, the steps would not be flammable and would remain steady for many years to come.

Boulders as Additional Decoration

Boulders come in many sizes are very affordable. They can be used as a centerpiece to a flower bed or flower garden. They can also be lined up against property lines to establish an added sense of protection when no fence is on the property. Boulders can also simply be placed in various areas to add the look you are seeking from your landscape. While many properties in the desert use boulders, they are also popular in coastal and woodland areas.

Rocks Commonly Used in Landscaping

The formation of rocks is a natural phenomenon that appears all over the world. There’s usually no need to have rocks shipped from other locations as they are usually in plentiful supply no matter where you are. Looking for locally sourced rocks in your garden or landscape is usually the most affordable option. A professional landscaping company can assist you with the decision of which rocks to choose for your specific needs.

There are many different types of rocks used in landscaping. Here is a list of those most commonly used.

  • Natural Stones
  • Flagstone
  • River rock
  • Lava rock
  • Beach pebbles
  • Polished pebbles
  • Brick Pieces
  • Boulders
  • Cobblestone
  • Decorative gravel
  • Pea gravel

Many landscaped yards use two or more different types of rocks and stones. Most rocks remain aesthetically pleasing when used in conjunction with another type of stone. For example, pieces of flagstone can be laid out separated by a few inches and then gravel poured between them to fill in the openings. This creates great contrast.

With this information in mind you can quickly see how rocks and stones can be used as an affordable piece of your landscaping.