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Landscaping Rock Is The New Black

Sorry Orange, but landscaping rock is what it’s all about these days. Adding landscaping rock to your front or backyard can add the perfect touch of sophistication or spontaneity depending on how you decide to use it. There are so many different types of landscaping rock and so many different places to put them. Prepare to be amazed:

Different Types of Landscaping Rock:

Gravel – You’re probably thinking? Gravel? That stuff that I fell and scraped my knee on when I played basketball as a kid- yeah, no thanks. But hear us out. Gravel can come in many different forms and actually has a ton of really cool uses. Crushed gravel is the form that you’re most likely already pretty familiar with. That is the kind of gravel that is used on driveways. But pea gravel,  for example, comes in the form of small smooth pebbles and looks pretty cool This gravel can be used for many things like pathways or mulch.
River Rock- River rock is what you see outside of businesses and walkways with trees planted in them. You have to constantly convince your kids not fill their pockets with these small, rounded stones. These types of rocks are called river rocks because they are often look like a dried river bed when placed in a pathway.
Lava Rock- Lava rock’s most attractive feature is its bright red color. This type of rock is often used as a bright accent when filling driveways and easements. But careful- the texture of this type of landscaping rock makes it not so fun to walk on barefoot.
Flagstones- Flagstones are the wide and flat rocks that most people use for stepping stones in a pathway or even used to build an entire patio. Your options are endless when it comes to using flagstones.

Things You Can Do With Landscaping Rock:

Now that you know a little bit about the different types of landscaping rock, it’s time to get to the fun part. What can you do with it?

Replace Mulch – A lot of people use river rock to replace mulch in their yards. It is a lot prettier and a lot easier to maintain. Careful though, if you find yourself using river rock to replace mulch where a plant might go, make sure that the plant is heat resistant because the rocks absorb heat.
Plant A Rock Garden- Rock gardens can add a hint of natural, rugged, beauty to any backyard and is especially great for yards that have difficult growing conditions such as intense sun, drought (cough, cough, California), or high winds. Planting a rock garden gives you a chance to mix hard textures with delicate ones and it always makes for a beautiful sight not see.
Use It As A Centerpiece- Using a bolder a centerpiece always looks great for in really large yards. Having a big yard can be overwhelming and homeowners often find that their yard still looks empty even when they feel like they are finished with it. Adding a large rock or boulder as a centerpiece to the whole yard or maybe even a small portion of the yard will make your yard look fuller and more fabulous.
Make A Path – This is probably the number one use for landscaping rock in both front and backyards. And that is probably because it is so simple to do and great to look at. Using Flagstones on top of river rock or gravel is a popular way to make a path. There are so many different places that you can build a rock path. For example, did you know that if you section your yard off into a bunch of smaller locations that your yard will actually look bigger? So add a path leading to somewhere new in your yard and not only will it look great, but it’ll look bigger too!
Border A Space or Garden- Using rocks to border different spaces in your yard isn’t only for looks, it’s practical. You can use landscaping rocks to border a pond to keep other parts of your yard getting wet, or you can use landscaping rocks to border a garden to keep people from stepping on your freshly grown vegetables. Your options here are endless.

Landscaping rock is a great aspect of landscaping with multiple uses. Everyone can use it in some way, whether it’s a small implementation or a large centerpiece of your yard. If you’re wondering what other great things that you could use when planning out your landscaping, check out this article here.[/wr_text][/wr_column][/wr_row]