Protect Your Mexican Beach Cobbles from the Harsh Winter Weather in Utah

Utah's winters are known for their breathtaking beauty, with snow-covered landscapes that seem straight out of a winter wonderland. However, these landscapes come with their own set of challenges, especially for your outdoor spaces. If you have mexican beach cobbles in your landscaping, you'll want to take special care to protect them from the harsh winter weather. At Kilgore Landscape Center, we know that these rocks are a popular choice for Utah landscapes an that winter has potential impact on them. Here are some essential tips to ensured they remain beautiful and functional throughout the coldest months:

The Appeal of Mexican Beach Cobbles in Utah Landscaping

Also known as Mexican Beach Pebbles or simply Beach Pebbles, they have gained popularity among Utah homeowners and landscapers for several reasons:

  1. Natural Beauty: This type of rock is known for its smooth, round shape and naturally tumbled appearance, creating a captivating contrast to the angular elements in your landscape. They come in various colors, including shades of gray, black, brown, and red, adding a touch of elegance to any landscape and allowing for designs that harmonize with the natural surroundings.

  1. Low Maintenance: These cobbles require minimal maintenance. Their smooth surfaces discourage weed growth, and their durability ensures they last for years without losing their charm. This low-maintenance quality not only saves you time and effort but also allows you to enjoy your outdoor space without constant upkeep, making them an excellent choice for Utah landscapes.

  1. Versatility: They are incredibly versatile. They can be used for various landscaping purposes, such as walkways, patios, borders, ground cover, and even water features. Their smooth texture is comfortable underfoot and provides a unique contrast to the surrounding vegetation. This adaptability makes these rocks a perfect choice for both functional and aesthetic elements in your outdoor design. This makes it easy to be creative and tailor your landscape to your vision.

  1. Eco-Friendly: Being naturally sourced, these rocks are an eco-friendly choice for landscaping. Their use reduces the need for chemical weed control and the production of synthetic materials. When you choose these cobbles, you not only create a beautiful outdoor space but also contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious approach to landscaping in Utah.

The Impact of Winter

While Mexican Beach Cobbles are prized for their durability, the harsh winter weather in Utah can still take a toll on them. Here are some potential challenges your cobbles may face during the winter months:

  1. Freeze-Thaw Cycles: Utah experiences frequent freeze-thaw cycles during the winter. When moisture infiltrates the porous surfaces of the cobbles and freezes, it can cause the expansion of water within the stone. This expansion may lead to cracks and surface damage over time.

  1. Icy Conditions: Ice buildup on this type of rock can create slippery surfaces, posing safety hazards. Additionally, the use of ice melt products can affect the appearance and integrity of the cobbles.

  1. Staining: Snow and ice can sometimes bring dirt and debris onto the cobbles. As this mixture melts and refreezes, it may result in unsightly stains or discoloration on the stones.

  1. Weed Growth: While this certain cobble discourages weed growth, winter weather can create conditions that allow weeds to take root in crevices or gaps between the cobbles. Addressing this issue is crucial to maintain the cobbles' appearance.

Now that we understand the potential challenges, let's delve into essential tips to protect your rocks during Utah's harsh winter weather:

  1. Regular Cleaning and Weed Control

Before the snow arrives, give your Mexican Beach Cobbles a thorough cleaning. Remove any debris, leaves, or dirt that may have accumulated on the surface during the fall. This will prevent staining and make it easier to identify and address weed growth.

Inspect the cobbles for any existing weeds and remove them by hand or with a weeding tool. Applying a weed barrier fabric beneath the cobbles can also help prevent weed growth.

  1. Proper Drainage

Ensure that your cobbles are installed with proper drainage in mind. Adequate drainage will minimize the risk of water pooling on the surface, which can lead to ice formation and potential surface damage during freezing temperatures.

Consider using a layer of crushed gravel or sand beneath the cobbles to enhance drainage. This base layer allows water to drain away from the surface and prevents moisture from becoming trapped beneath the stones.

  1. Sealant Application

Applying a high-quality stone or masonry sealant to your rocks can provide an extra layer of protection against moisture infiltration. Sealants help repel water, reducing the risk of freeze-thaw damage and staining.

Before applying a sealant, clean the cobbles thoroughly to ensure the surface is free of dirt and debris. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific sealant product you choose.

  1. Snow and Ice Removal

Promptly remove snow and ice from your Mexican Beach Cobbles to prevent the formation of icy patches and reduce the risk of slips and falls. Use a snow shovel with a plastic blade or a snow blower to clear snow without damaging the cobbles' surface.

Avoid using metal shovels or ice picks, as they can scratch or chip the stones. Additionally, refrain from using ice melt products containing harsh chemicals, as they can negatively impact the appearance of the cobbles. If necessary, opt for calcium chloride-based ice melters, which are less damaging to stone surfaces.

  1. Preventive Maintenance

Regularly inspect your cobbles for signs of damage, such as cracks or chips. Address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration. In cases of severe damage, consult a professional for repairs or replacement of affected cobbles. This proactive approach to maintenance ensures the long-lasting beauty and functionality of your rocks, allowing them to endure the challenges of Utah's diverse weather conditions.

  1. Winter Mulching

For garden beds or areas with Mexican Beach Cobbles, consider applying a layer of winter mulch. This mulch can help insulate the soil and cobbles, providing some protection against extreme temperature fluctuations. Kilgore’s product list includes various mulch options so that you can successfully prepare for the winter months.


Mexican Beach Cobbles are a beautiful and versatile choice for landscaping in Utah, but they require proper care and protection during the harsh winter months. Kilgore Landscape Center supplies these cobbles to many customers throughout the year but advises those who use them to be cautious during winter months. By following these essential tips for maintenance and protection, you can ensure that your cobbles remain a stunning addition to your outdoor space year-round. With a little effort and foresight, your rocks will continue to make your landscape beautiful even in the depths of a Utah winter.