Preparing Your Washed Rock For the Winter

Washed rock is a popular choice for landscaping projects because of its clean and attractive appearance. It is also a durable material that can withstand the elements, including harsh winters. However, it is important to take some steps to prepare your landscape for the winter season. Kilgore Landscape Center can provide you with all the rock you could need for your project. Visit us in person or check out our online gallery to get everything you need today.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your rocks remain in good condition and look their best all year long.

Remove Leaves and Debris

One of the most important things you can do to prepare is to remove any leaves and debris. This will help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, and it will also make it easier to clear snow and ice from the surface.

To remove leaves and debris, you can use a rake or a leaf blower. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies, and remove any debris that is hidden underneath the rocks. If you have a lot of leaves and debris, you may want to consider renting a leaf vacuum. You can also use a stiff-bristled brush to remove any stubborn leaves or debris.

Grade the Washed Rock

After grading the rock with a rake or shovel, it's essential to take some additional steps to ensure a durable and aesthetically pleasing result. Compact the surface by using a mechanical compactor or by walking over it systematically. This will help settle the rocks and prevent future settling or shifting. 

Additionally, consider installing landscape fabric or weed barrier to deter unwanted plant growth and maintain the cleanliness of your rock surface. Finally, for a finishing touch, you can add decorative edging or border materials to contain the rock and enhance the overall appearance of your landscaping project.

Fill In Any Potholes

Additionally, addressing potholes before winter is crucial for safety, as these depressions can become hazardous when they're hidden beneath snow or ice. Regular maintenance and filling in these areas will keep your landscape not only looking great but also safe throughout the changing seasons. 

Properly tamped aggregate will provide a sturdy and even foundation, ensuring your rocks remain in good condition and minimizing the risk of tripping or vehicle damage.

Ensure Proper Drainage

Proper drainage is essential to maintain the longevity and integrity of your rock landscaping. Waterlogged rocks can not only freeze during winter but also foster moss and algae growth, which may impact their appearance. Installing a drainage system in areas prone to water accumulation is a strategic solution, preventing moisture from accumulating and causing issues. 

Whether you opt for a trench filled with gravel or a perforated pipe system, ensuring efficient drainage will protect your rocks from the adverse effects of excess moisture, allowing them to stand the test of time while looking their best.

Use Markers

If you have a long or winding driveway or walkway, it may be helpful to mark the edges with stakes or poles. This will help to prevent snowplows from damaging the rocks.

You can also use markers to mark any areas that are uneven or have potholes. This will help you to avoid tripping or falling on the rocks in the winter.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips for preparing your washed rock for the winter:

  • Apply a sealant. A sealant can help to protect your rocks from the elements and prevent it from becoming stained.
  • Use a snow brush instead of a metal shovel. A metal shovel can damage the rocks, especially if it is frozen.
  • Avoid using salt or other chemicals to melt snow and ice. Salt and other chemicals can damage them and worsen it’s appearance.

Landscaping Projects

This kind of rock offers a number of benefits for landscaping projects, including:

  • Attractive appearance: They are a clean and attractive material that can add a touch of elegance to any landscape.
  • Durability: They are a durable material that can withstand the elements, including harsh winters.
  • Versatility: They can be used in a variety of landscaping applications, such as driveways, walkways, patios, and flower beds.
  • Low maintenance: They are a low-maintenance material that is easy to care for.

Tips and Tricks

When choosing rocks for your landscape, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Color: These rocks are available in a variety of colors, so you can choose a color that complements your existing landscape.
  • Size: They are available in a variety of sizes, so you can choose a size that is appropriate for your application. For example, you may want to choose smaller rocks for a walkway and larger rocks for a driveway.
  • Type: There are different types of these rocks available, such as river rock, pea gravel, and crushed stone. Choose a type that is appropriate for your application and budget.

How do I install washed rock?

You will need to:

  1. Prepare the area. This may involve removing existing vegetation and grading the soil.
  2. Lay down a weed barrier to prevent weeds from growing through
  3. Spread the rocks over the weed barrier. Be sure to spread the rocks evenly and tamp them down firmly.
  4. Edge the rocks with landscape edging to prevent it from spreading.

How do I care for my rocks?

This type of rock is a low-maintenance material, but there are a few things you can do to keep it looking its best:

  • Remove leaves and debris regularly. This will help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Grade the rocks periodically. This will help to keep the surface level and free of any unevenness.
  • Fill in any potholes. Potholes can form over time due to erosion or traffic. If you notice any potholes, fill them in with more rocks or another type of aggregate.
  • Apply a sealant. A sealant can help to protect your landscape from the elements and prevent it from becoming stained.

Where can I buy washed rock?

You can buy this kind of rock at most landscaping supply stores. Kilgore Landscape Center is a leading provider of landscaping materials. We offer a wide selection of rocks in a variety of colors and sizes. We also offer delivery and installation services.

If you are looking for high-quality rocks that will look great in your landscape, be sure to contact Kilgore Landscape Center today. We can help you choose the right materials for your needs and budget.