Making Your Yard Pop

Tips For Gravel And Rock Use And Installation In Your Landscaping

When you are landscaping your yard, there are many types of landscaping elements you can work into its appearance. Different types of rock and stone are useful for installing a paving area for vehicle parking, as a pathway to walk through your garden, or as a decorative border. Here are some tips to help you use gravel and rock in your landscaping for an attractive appearance.

Prepare the Site

One of the most important parts of landscaping with gravel is in the foundation preparation. However, this is the portion of the installation that is most often skipped in some circumstances, resulting in a gravel surface that begins to look thin and soil that works its way up through the materials to disturb the appearance.

Be sure you first excavate enough of the soil from the area to make space for your gravel layers. A good gravel pavement is going to have a foundation layer of large rocks, several inches in diameter, which will sit over the base soil. Over the large rocks, you should layer medium-sized gravel, and top it off with your surface gravel, whether you choose angular decorative crushed granite or smooth pea gravel.

You can place a gravel order for the right sizes and types of rock for your landscaping project. Calculate the appropriate amount and ask about gravel delivery right to your installation location to make the project easier.

Mix in the Various Rock

You should also consider the area where you will install your gravel and the border materials that will help keep the gravel in place. This is a good recommendation when you are installing rock within a garden area, walkway, or decorative rock garden.

For example, you can install a crushed rock or pea gravel walkway through your lawn or garden, but you need to install an edging material to keep the gravel from spilling onto your lawn and damaging your mower blades. A natural rock edge that works well with this type of landscaping is large river rocks that you install partially into the soil to keep them in place. 

You can also add in rock and gravel of varying sizes and colors to install a rock garden or for mulch ground cover. A center rock collection of large and medium-sized rocks surrounded by smaller river rock will make a landscape statement in your yard that is drought-resistant and looks great all year long.