Tips And Recommendations To Use Rock In Your Landscaping

Updating your yard with improvements with new vegetation and rock features will always improve the home's value and appearance when you take the right measures to make them attractive and long-lasting. When you work with rock as a landscaping feature, you can get some improvements to the landscaping in addition to reducing your irrigation costs to reduce water use in a dry climate. Here are some recommendations to use as you install rock in your yard's landscaping and ensure it looks great for as long as possible.

Prepare the Ground Properly

The area where you will be placing your new rock covering or rock garden will need to be prepared prior to your installing the new rock. Once you place rock, if the ground has not been properly prepared, you will spend more time and effort removing the rock to make the needed changes to protect the appearance of your rock features. 

You first need to remove some of the soil from the area to make room for your rocks. If you are pouring a layer of gravel that will be four inches deep, remove approximately four inches of soil. If, however, you are installing a rock garden made of larger rocks or large-sized river rocks, you will plan to have the rocks be higher than the surrounding lawn and pavement areas. So, you will only need to remove an inch or two of soil to establish a solid foundation area for the rocks. 

Don't forget to compact the soil for your rock foundation. The soil should be well compacted to prevent it from coming up into your rocks.

Use Weed Control

Weed growth is a common occurrence in landscape bedding areas, and in your rock covered surface it is no different. However, removing weeds from your rock by hand is more difficult and frustrating than any other type of hand pulling, so you should protect the soil below the rocks from weed growth.

A fabric weed barrier is a great option when you are planning to keep some vegetation growing within your rock area. So, for example, if you have several trees and shrubbery in a bedding area where you are using rock as a ground covering, fabric weed barriers will control weed growth in and around the rocks but still allow moisture to reach the root systems of your vegetation.

If you are not planning to keep any vegetation among your rocks, black plastic landscape sheeting is the best option because it blocks out moisture in addition to oxygen and sunlight to fully suppress any weed growth. Just be sure you install the sheets to overlap one another by several inches to provide full weed protection.

Reach out to a company like B&D Gravel to discuss landscape rock and what you'll need to do to install it.