Landscaping with river rock will add natural beauty to your home. Meanwhile, landscaping with river rocks offers a durable ground-covering option for you. A couple of home improvement stores offer the smooth and earth-tone rocks which have variation in size. If you know how to landscape with river rock properly, your landscape will steady up well and stays put.
Choose your purpose
River rocks work very well for a couple of purposes in the landscape. You can use smaller river rocks in order to create pathways in your backyard or you can also fill in gaps between larger flagstone walkways or patios. The river rocks work well to be used as ground cover if you have a section where the grass does not grow well. The rocks can help with drainage by creating a channel which guides water through your property. This method is very perfect if you have a spot which tends to erode or has a lot of water running through it.
Plot it out
You have to mark your area that you will cover with the river rocks. This is useful to have a defined area which will guide the excavating process. Generally, pathways maintain a constant width for the whole length whether you have the path which is winding or straight. Ground cover spots and patios can be taken on different shapes because it depends on the space that you want to cover. Drainage spots sometime follow the usual path of water and might be winding. These areas sometime less structured and may resemble a winding river bed in order to guide naturally the water through the yard.
You can use a trench which will give the Landscaping with river rock a safe place to rest. You have to dig down about 3 inches which is making the bottom of the trench level. Landscape fabric which is located in the bottom of the trench suppresses weed that growth in the landscaped area. You have to add ½-inch layer of sand that you can place over the landscaping fabric.
Cast the first stone
You have to consider the weight of the river rocks because it is difficult to move them. You can use a wheel barrow in order to transport the rocks into the work area. You do not have to fill the wheelbarrow if it is difficult to move. You can use a sturdy rake in order to level out the rocks.