Dare to Dream — and Build

Landscaping With River Rock: Ideas for You

by Marc Cole

River rock is a beautiful, smooth, round rock that can be used in your landscape to transform its appearance. This type of rock comes in neutral colors like beige, brown, and gray, helping to complement your natural landscape. There are many ways in which river rock can be used, from filling your garden like mulch to creating a walking path in your yard. The landscape possibilities are only bound by your imagination. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to use river rock in your landscape to help get your creative juices flowing.

Make a Rock Garden

If you want a garden but you want something a little bit different than the typical flower garden, you may want to consider creating a garden with beautiful rocks. River rocks can be used as a base for your rock garden. You can then place succulents in the garden to add some visual appeal, as they will contrast beautifully with the river rocks.

Construct a Walking Path

To create an elegant walking path in your landscape, river rocks can be used. Because of their small, round structure, river rocks create a sophisticated appearance without overtaking the space. The texture will be visually appealing, and the sound that the rocks make as you step on them will be pleasant.

Add Mulch to the Flower Beds

If your flower beds seem to be missing something and you can't quite figure out what it is, try to add some river rock "mulch" to them for some texture. The river rocks will help to prevent erosion while also helping your plants to stand out. In addition, river rock, unlike wood chips and other organic mulches, does not need to be replaced and serves as a more permanent option in your garden. Therefore, it is a low-maintenance option. Just make sure that you use landscape fabric underneath the river rock so the rocks do not sink into the soil.

Accentuate Your Fire Pit

If your backyard is equipped with a fire pit, river rock can be used as a ground cover surrounding the pit. The river rock will serve as a natural accent to your fire pit while creating an ambiance as if you are at a campground.

The aforementioned are just a few ways river rock can be used in your landscape. There are different types of river rock, so make sure that you speak to a river rock supplier, such as A & A Materials, about your project for guidance on the type of material that would work best for your project.