There’s no doubt that the use of rocks and pebbles in your landscape will increase the character as well as the function of your garden, it’s a big reason as to why they are becoming more popular in their use, with a wide range of colours and sizes available today.
I’ve listed below some of the more popular uses that people are beginning to apply to their landscape design.
This would have to be one of the biggest uses of natural rocks and pebbles. I can certainly understand the desire for water features in the garden as I am one that certainly pushes for that. It brings such tranquillity and an atmosphere that is second to none.
The variety of rocks and stones for water features is phenomenal, small, large, coloured, smooth, rough, it just doesn’t stop, only being limited by our imagination. Ponds especially give themselves over to the use of many rocks and pebbles, creating a very natural environment.
You are able to use the rocks to hide all the cable and hoses that are needed to run pumps and still keep it looking as if it has been there all the time and you had nothing to do with the creation.
Paths and Driveways.
Pebbles placed on driveways and paths is not for everyone but nevertheless is a cheap alternative to concrete or paving. It provides a particular theme or look to your landscape and will also give a certain level of security for you, hearing anyone that goes on it.
Crushed pebble or gravel is better to walk on as it doesn’t move under foot as much so be careful when choosing your style.
Pebble as mulch.
Mulching is certainly an essential part of the success of your garden, I would tend not to use pebbles around plants though but I’m a big believer in it’s use in areas that require a covering that you don’t want to be weeding or making a feature out of with the use of some larger rocks and pebbles.
When pebbles (non-organic) products are used as mulch in certain circumstances will tend to dry the soil out as they heat up, and unless kept moist them selves will provide little benefit for your plants, if using them in pots, you need to make sure that the moisture content is monitored regularly.
It is well known the Japanese gardens are well known for their peace and tranquillity and this is simply achieved by the use of certain plants, rocks and water. These gardens are often small keeping it very personal, used with the technique of incorporating section of a garden (themes) rather than trying to make whole garden like it.