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Rocks can be used in landscaping in a variety of different ways, from large boulders to break up other landscaping elements to the use of stairs and walkways made from natural stone. One of the most popular methods of using rocks in landscaping, though, is as a method of ground cover or mulch. The filler that this provides can be used as a design element that guides the eye around the yard and helps protect greenery, trees, and gardens around your property. Here are some of the most common types of rocks that get used as ground cover in the landscaping industry...
Brick chips are becoming more and more common to see around homes nowadays. People are drawn to their deep terracotta colors, which include various shades of reds and browns. Stylistically, this is very popular in the deserts of the Western United States, where the deep reds are complementary to the environment that surrounds people. These chips are generally made from fragments of crushed bricks.
Crushed granite is a great option for creating gravel because it retains a very natural look, even as it is broken into fragments. The earthy, natural look that granite provides is ideal for surrounding greenery and gardens, as it is a matching aesthetic. Obviously, crushed granite is very strong as well, meaning that it will last many years before it wears away. Another beautiful granite option is decomposed granite, which adds a more rustic texture to the crushed granite. Many homes opt to surround their trees with decomposed granite, nowadays.
Lava rocks are very common in dry climates (such as Utah) since they are able to absorb sunlight during the daytime. This helps the landscaping around your home stay cool during the hotter months. During the nighttime, lava rocks release the heat they build up during the day. They come in bright colors that are perfect for bold landscaping decisions.