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River Rock is a lovely accent. River Rocks would make a great way to fill in a natural area or flower garden. River Rock can also be used for borders.
This fill is lovely around sidewalks and driveways; It can also be used to fill in particular areas around the garden, lawn, or landscape. River rock is a landscape feature with multiple uses across a range of terrain and environmental conditions. Whether keeping dust to a minimum, protecting soil from wind erosion or creating a natural swale for water-runoff, river rock serves both purpose and beauty. Some river rock is a natural gray, but landscapers often play with different shades to create a mix of color that is suited for a particular yard. Dark grays often complement deep greens. Light brown is appealing in a xeriscape or arid climate. A mix of colors, from brown to tan to deep and light red are often used in place of flower beds in these climates. For those interested in natural desert landscapes, place river rock in a loose manner and sow native wildflower seeds. The rock will help soil's water retention and allows flowers a rustic place to take root. Rock also protects topsoil and prevents soil erosion between plants.
River rock in non-desert landscapes serves other purposes. Landscapes with clay soils often collect water, leaving pools that attract insects in the summer months and damage plant roots year round. French drains and sumps are often used to allow water drainage from dense soils. When covered or filled with smooth river rock, these trenches and holes add aesthetic appeal to the landscape. The rock also enhances drainage and prevents water from standing in stagnant pools. River rock comes in a range of sizes, from the size of a fist to highly granular. Depending on your needs, you can choose one size or a combination of sizes. For sumps and French drains, larger rocks are preferred. For arid landscapes, a fine gravel path keeps dust at bay without causing pain or discomfort underfoot. Mid-size river rocks are placed in natural gardens or around ponds and water features. They prevent wildlife from slipping into pools and also provide a space for moss and lichen to grow if desired.