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Choosing the Right Rocks for Your Landscape The rocks you choose will help set the tone for the rest of your garden. Tawny beach pebbles or river rocks add warmth, while white marble chips help brighten up shady areas. Flat terracotta stones complement a tropical landscape, but can seem out of place in a more formal garden. For a minimalist modern landscape or Polynesian-themed garden, try black lava rocks. Check out photos of rockscapes online to see what appeals to you. Because stones last indefinitely, it’s important to choose a look you’ll be happy with for many years. Replace Mulch Rocks may be more expensive than mulch, but they have several advantages as a groundcover. The first is durability. Mulch must be replaced every season, while rocks can last the lifetime of your garden. Another advantage is that pale-colored stones provide striking contrast against deep-colored foliage and help brighten up shady corners of your landscape. “Call attention to a favorite shrub or specimen tree by surrounding it with medium-sized river stones. This creates the effect of a ‘living sculpture’,” says landscape architect Maureen Smith. Rocks will also discourage weed growth around your prized plant, but for the best results, install a weed barrier before putting the stones in place. Plant a Rock Garden For a more exotic look, add a rock garden to your landscape. Choose an area that gets plenty of sun and install two or three small boulders. Surround the boulders with closely spaced low-lying flowers, such as portulaca (left), ground orchids or decorative cactus. Carefully fill in the gaps with smaller stones that complement the color of your boulders. Create a Centerpiece A large, unusually-shaped boulder can serve as an eye-catching focal point. Use as a tidy, low-maintenance centerpiece in a small garden, where an ornamental shrub might become too large or unruly. In larger gardens, a rock centerpiece can add visual interest to monotonous border areas, such as hedges. Build a Pond Border Large rocks are the key to giving your backyard pond that fairytale look. The right type of stone will help camouflage unsightly black pond liners and provide contrast to the dark pond water. Avoid using even rectangular pavers. For the most natural effect, choose rocks that are similar in size but irregular in shape and color. Create a Low-Maintenance Container Garden Instead of setting up a container garden on your deck or patio, where the pots need regular watering, place them in a rockscape that’s within reach of your sprinkler system. Line the area with a weed barrier and set the containers on top. Cut holes in the barrier, so the bottoms of the pots can fit through and settle into the soil. Make sure the pots have adequate holes for drainage. Surround the pots with small stones in a complementary color. The result is a striking container garden that gets watered whenever your sprinklers come on. Make a Stepping Stone Path A stepping stone path is a picturesque option for those shady areas alongside your house, where there is too little sun for most plants to thrive. It’s also a practical way to keep shoes clean when walking up to a side door or back door. For a tidy look, surround large stepping stones with small pebbles in a contrasting color.
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White Rocks For Landscaping

Hi! I’m newbie at this site as well as being a new homeowner. Our backyard started as uneven patch of dirt and rocks. The dirt is so hard, almost clay like that my husband and I ruled out putting lawns since neither one of us knew much about gardening, and hauling all the rocks out seemed like a daunting task. Professional help is out budget wise. We thought putting white rocks and covering all the dirt with it is the solution.
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White Rocks For Landscaping

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo plantman314(z5-6 StL, MO) white rocks + little fabric= big mess When it rains the red clay will stain the rocks, the rocks will mix with the mud, and debris will still collect. Like Bookmark May 22, 2006 at 1:45PM
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White Rocks For Landscaping

The rocks you choose will help set the tone for the rest of your garden. Tawny beach pebbles or river rocks add warmth, while white marble chips help brighten up shady areas. Flat terracotta stones complement a tropical landscape, but can seem out of place in a more formal garden. For a minimalist modern landscape or Polynesian-themed garden, try black lava rocks. Check out photos of rockscapes online to see what appeals to you. Because stones last indefinitely, it’s important to choose a look you’ll be happy with for many years.
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White Rocks For Landscaping

Rocks may be more expensive than mulch, but they have several advantages as a groundcover. The first is durability. Mulch must be replaced every season, while rocks can last the lifetime of your garden. Another advantage is that pale-colored stones provide striking contrast against deep-colored foliage and help brighten up shady corners of your landscape. “Call attention to a favorite shrub or specimen tree by surrounding it with medium-sized river stones. This creates the effect of a ‘living sculpture’,” says landscape architect Maureen Smith. Rocks will also discourage weed growth around your prized plant, but for the best results, install a weed barrier before putting the stones in place.
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White Rocks For Landscaping

White rocks gleam in the landscape, providing a clean, bright contrast to fresh greens and rich browns. White goes with anything — but it also gets dirty easily, and this is as true in the garden as it for your clothes. And although you can't toss your white landscape rocks into the washing machine to brighten them up, you can reach for something else that might be on your laundry shelf, or in your kitchen, to help you clean them.
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White Rocks For Landscaping

Problem: We underestimated how much rocks we need because of the uneven ground. We initially thought 2 cubic yards of rocks are enough, but we are now at 6 cubic yards and counting. Besides the rising cost, our back and muscles are screaming in protest!

White Rocks For Landscaping

Hi! Yes, I did put SOME landscape fabric. However, I didn’t cover all the areas so there’s open spaces here and there. I thought all the rocks’ weight will just kill all those weeds. (Like I said, I’m clueless)

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo actuary97(NJ) Did you put down landscape fabric? If not you may have weeds growing through from the bottom. Getting the leaves off in the fall can be a pain. I dont think you will have a problem with the stone discoloring. Just think with all the work you were doing, you could have hauled in topsoil instead of rocks Regards Like Bookmark May 12, 2006 at 8:04PM
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actuary97(NJ) Did you put down landscape fabric? If not you may have weeds growing through from the bottom. Getting the leaves off in the fall can be a pain. I dont think you will have a problem with the stone discoloring. Just think with all the work you were doing, you could have hauled in topsoil instead of rocks Regards Like Bookmark May 12, 2006 at 8:04PM
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White stone reflects A LOT of light – hence the blinding you are experiencing. But it also doesn’t hold heat as much as darker stones. So when used with plants, it is a good choice for reflecting light “up under” plants and promoting growth with the added angle of the light exposure through reflection, and it’s a better choice if you want to incorporate stone but don’t want to overheat them like you would with darker stones. White stones are an obvious sharp contrast (which can be a stunning/lovely effect) with darker coloured foliage if you want great contrast (would really make plants stand-out). As someone else mentioned, mixing in a bit darker coloured stones would give the illusion of lessening the intensity of the white. Going with a far darker colour of stones to mix in, depending upon the amounts and size, can effectively provide a “speckled” appearance.
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The landscaping fabric, as you have by now figured out from others’ comments, is both a blessing and a curse. But your investment here again, isn’t all for nought.
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Now, let me address the existing white stones. Yes, they can be absolutely blinding, but no you haven’t entirely wasted your money. Take a breath and give yourself a pat on the back, because while you have made some “mistakes” – there is no reason to beat yourself up about it and you shouldn’t have regrets. You can STILL USE what you have. You just need to plan things out a little bit better. The fact that you chose white stones for the reasons you did means that you ARE THINKING, and you do have an internal vision. The vision just needs to be tweaked or refined a bit, okay?

Question number one: do you like this rock or not? Sounds like you want a lawn. If so, you made a mistake – we all do. I had to redo my hellstrip about four times before I got it right; my neighbour was teasing me about it being an annual ritual. So back off, and get the solution you want right, rather than getting the solution you don’t want right. Get rid of the rock – use a rock rake (Lee Valley) or a sifting screen or whatever. Either sell it, give it away, or make a little section of the yard in white rock and leave the rest open for your lawn.

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