Landscaping your yard with the right materials and vegetation can give you an attractive yard that works well with the environment and your climate. It is important to consider how you want to improve the area, balancing vegetation and rock in the right proportion for your property. Here are some recommendations to help you choose and install the best rock and gravel to improve your yard.
Evaluate Your Options
There are a lot of different options in terms of rock and gravel available for your home's landscaping use. At a local home and garden shop, you can find various types of rock available to purchase by the bag and sometimes loose by the yard. Always ask about delivery options because the weight of rock can quickly add up, and may be too much for you to personally move. However, when you have a landscaping company or a local gravel supplier, this provides you the ability to get exactly the type and amount of rock you need delivered for your improvement project.
If you are looking to add a layer of crushed gravel or decomposed granite for a driveway, walkway, or garden path, you can find the amount you need to fill your project to the required depth to keep it looking nice and prevent weeds and other unwanted vegetation growth. If you want to add contrasting colors and textures, you can opt for rounded river rocks, pea gravel, volcanic rock, or crushed granite, each providing its own unique look to your landscaping bedding.
Consider Gravel for Water Drainage
Your home's exterior drainage is an essential part of managing your roof and its runoff once it reaches the ground around your home. You don't want water to simply pour down onto the soil around the foundation of your home, because this will result in soil erosion, damage to the area, and moisture seeping into your home and basement. With a good drainage system set up below your gutter and downspouts made of rock, you can divert and control the flow of water so it naturally drains away from your home.
Look to install a downspout diverter at the end of your gutter drainage system and in place of a splash block, install a gravel feature. Gravel and rock made of varying sizes and colors can contribute to your yard's function and its style. A dry riverbed at the end of your downspout diverter can help deliver water away from your home and prevent soil erosion. The rock remains in place and holds the soil and its landscape structure in place. It also has the appearance of a natural feature.
For more information, contact a landscape stone delivery service.