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The material of choice is laid over the top layer of soil around the plants in a bed or garden. There are many benefits to mulching, which is why this process should be part of your lawn care plan. Mulch prevents weeds from growing and minimizes soil compaction during the rainy season.

It also promotes nutrition on the soil and helps monitor and maintain the even temperature of the soil. Mulch also helps conserve water as it retains moisture from watering and gets more to the roots of the plants. Finally, it can help keep an attractive and uniform appearance on your property.

How to Landscape With Rocks Instead of Mulch

  • Cover the area where you plan to add rocks with landscape fabric. Cut it to fit the area using a utility knife or sharp scissors. Cut a slit from the side and an X in the fabric to accommodate an existing shrub or tree.
  • Install edging around the area to hold the rocks in place, as they tend to become displaced over time if not held in. Dig a trench the same width as the edging that’s one-quarter to one-half as deep as the edging is high. Tuck the landscape fabric edges into the trench. Lay the edging in place in the trench, backfilling with dirt around the edges to hold it in place. Use bricks, large stones or plastic edging.
  • Pour the rocks over the landscape fabric inside the edging. Continue adding rocks until they are 2 to 4 inches deep.
  • Scoop the rocks away from plant stems and trunks, leaving at least 2 inches of space uncovered.

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