A Guide to Landscaping With Rocks


Adding landscaping rocks to your garden is a great way to enhance its overall appeal. They can be used to create focal points in a garden or dry stream bed.

Some of the most widely used types of landscaping rocks are rubble stones, polished pebbles, landscape boulders, flagstones, and landscape boulders. All of these options are available in a wide array of shapes and sizes.

Landscape rocks are hardy and long-lasting. They provide a durable ground cover and are often used to create low-maintenance landscapes while also keeping pests at bay. Unlike lightweight mulch that can blow away easily, landscaping rocks stay put during windstorms.

Some types of landscaping rocks can improve drainage and help control erosion. Because rocks are inorganic mulches, they do not have an impact on soil composition and texture and do not
decompose either.

Bayshore Materials specializes in the delivery of landscaping rocks, soil, mulch, concrete and a wide range of other materials.

What Goes Under Landscaping Rocks?

Put gardening mats under your landscaping rocks. While allowing water and fertilizer to seep in, gardening mats prevent weeds from growing. Gardening mats come in lightweight rolls and are relatively easy to install.

The ability of a gardening mat to prevent weeds from growing depends on how tightly the mesh is woven. As a general rule, the heavier the roll, the thicker the fabric. When installed properly, the right landscaping fabric can last decades. We recommend using a professional-grade fabric that won’t rip easily.

Prevent Weeds from Growing Through Rocks

We all know how stubborn and annoying weeds can be. They can grow through your rocks and become an eyesore before you know it. Prevention is better than cure, so it’s best to prevent weeds from growing in the first place.

To prevent weeds from growing through your rocks, clean the area thoroughly before placing landscaping rocks. If you aren’t in a hurry cover the area with a plastic sheet and leave it for at least six weeks.

Alternatively, pull weeds out to remove their root systems. Then, to prevent weeds from growing back, dispose of them and their roots or spray a premixed, post-emergent, non-selective herbicide onto the area.

Once you get rid of weeds, install landscape fabric to create a barrier between your rocks and the lawn. In the absence of a protective barrier, there will be nothing to stop weeds from other areas of your landscape from making their way into the rocky area.

Despite your best efforts, some weeds will find a way to survive, so eliminate weeds as soon as you see them.

Need landscape rocks delivered near you? Bayshore Materials has got you covered. We have a wide range of landscaping and concrete products. Contact us at (707) 644-0859 to discuss your landscaping needs.