Whether your home is located in a wet or dry climate, rocks and gravel are always an appropriate choice when you are designing your yard's new landscaping. By choosing the right size gravel and rocks and installing them around plants and trees, you will make your yard look natural and inviting. However, you should not use any size gravel as mulch. While natural fiber mulch products promote a moist and cooler soil, gravel heats up in the sun and causes water to prematurely evaporate.
Here is a list of the sizes of landscaping rock you can choose from while designing your home's new landscape:
Small Pea Size Gravel
Small pea-size gravel is wonderful for walkways and other areas of your yard where larger gravel doesn't look appropriate or may cause a tripping hazard. Small pea gravel will feel softer under your feet than a larger gravel and allow you to walk on your yard's walkways without shoes.
Medium Size Gravel
If you have large areas of your yard where you want to put down gravel instead of lawn, then you should use a medium size gravel. This size of gravel is sold in a wide variety of different colors and textures. For example, you can purchase a white quartz gravel or a deep red lava rock. The color variations of this size of gravel give you many ways to add color to your yard's design.
Large Size River Cobble Stones
Large gravel is typically referred to as "cobble." Many cobble rocks that are sold for landscaping are harvested from rivers and referred to as "river cobble" stones. River cobble stones work well in your landscaping design where you want to add texture and visual appeal. While areas with smaller rocks create places where the rocks blend together as you look across your yard, cobble draws your eyes to each rock because they are big enough to see the color and texture variations in each one.
Very Large Decorative Rocks
Finally, just as there are large rocks out in the natural world, there should also be at least a few large rocks in your landscaping design. Yards without any rocks will not look as natural as those that have them. When using large decorative rocks, always place odd numbers of rocks in clusters and surround them with smaller rocks or water features. Avoid planting grasses and plants right up against the larger rocks because the stones will give off significant heat on hot days that will kill the plants.
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