There’s nothing like beautiful garden beds to define borders, elevate curb appeal, and add variety to otherwise dull landscaping. Of course, exposed soil could suffer erosion, drainage issues, and water waste through evaporation.
If you want to protect and maintain your planter beds, there’s no better way than by adding rocky top materials. Here are a few of the best stone blends to enhance your garden beds.
Pea gravel is pretty much universally recognized as the stone blend of choice when it comes to enhancing garden beds. Ranging in size from about 1/8” to 3/8”, these small, round stones come in variegated colors that add subtle texture and visual interest to patios, pathways, and planter beds.
Both attractive and affordable, pea gravel is relatively inexpensive and easy to install in your garden. With colors ranging from black and white to tan and brown to rusty and even translucent hues, this stone blend offers the perfect backdrop for verdant foliage and colorful blooms alike.
You don’t actually have to scavenge your local river to find the smooth stones that will make your garden gorgeous. Any decorative round rocks, ranging from small (¼”-¾”) to large (2”-6”) will do. However, choosing the right size for your garden beds will depend on the size of your space and how you plan to use the stone.
If you want to spread gravel over the bed in place of mulch, for example, it’s probably best to choose smaller round rocks that aren’t going to unduly impact plant life. This also makes it easier to rake rocks to the side when you want to plant bulbs in spring.
If you’re using round rocks for a border only, larger sizes are ideal. Simply trench down along the perimeter of the bed, place chicken wire in the trench to keep rocks in place, and pour the river rocks in to create a beautiful border that separates your lawn from planting beds. This also helps to increase drainage and maintain the sun’s heat around the soil after dark.
Although it’s rougher than pea gravel or round rocks, regular gravel is a cost-effective option if you’re looking for something more permanent than mulch to use as a ground covering in garden beds. Typically, this small, crushed rock is preferred for cactus gardens or other low-maintenance landscaping, but it can also be used as a top material for soil and to prevent erosion, increase drainage, and minimize water waste.
If you’re interested in protecting your soil and enhancing the appeal of your garden beds with rock, contact the experts at Tigard Sand and Gravel today or visit us online to learn more.