River stone is ideal as decorative stone or in a disposal field. It can also be used to retain soil in various applications such as landscaping (rock filling) or flood control on the edge of waterways (riprap).
You can use them to create features in your garden, like fountains or retaining walls. For a unique look, you can combine different sizes of stones.
EXAMPLES OF THE USE OF NATURAL STONE
- Decorative stone for landscaping
- Mulch substitute
- Drainage and erosion control
- Patio underlay
- Paths and lanes
- House entrances
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF NATURAL STONE IN LANDSCAPING?
Unlike wood that scratches or chips, the appearance of stone will not change due to natural wear. Another great advantage of natural stone is that it is extremely tolerant of frost damage. It is one of the most weatherproof materials available!
Natural stone allows your home to stand out from others in your neighbourhood. Because no two pieces of stone are alike, your landscape will have a unique look. Few manufactured, man-made products capture the colour and texture of natural stone as well!
Since natural stone is available in many different sizes, you’ll never run out of options for your landscaping. In addition, natural stone can be used for a variety of purposes and can be cut or finished to meet the needs of your project.
Added Value to the Home
With natural stone, you get a superior and lasting return on your investment. If you are considering selling in the future, landscaping with natural stone will certainly add value to your property.
Stone is one of the most eco-friendly materials you can choose for your home because it comes from nature. It also requires less energy to extract than manufactured products.
Easy to Maintain
Don’t have the time to constantly maintain your landscaping? With natural stone, you don’t have to worry about that! To maintain its beauty, all the stone needs is an occasional wash with a garden hose.
WHY IS RIVER STONE ECO-FRIENDLY?
The many uses of river stone in landscaping are impressive, but what is even more impressive is its ecological potential. Here are some reasons why it is an excellent choice for any environmentally conscious homeowner, landscaper or gardener.
It Limits Soil Erosion
Covering soil with natural stone protects it from air and wind erosion. This is especially handy after construction projects or on residential building sites where turf has been removed and soil exposed. River stone can also help limit erosion in sloping yards and gardens.
It Is Permeable
Because round stones don’t fit as tightly as other materials, water can seep through cracks. This means that your landscaping project will allow rainwater to return to the ground.
It Deters Weeds
River stones can be used around flower beds, vegetable gardens, trees and buildings. The weight of the stones and the way they block sunlight discourage weed growth. Instead of using pesticides, you’ll be choosing a solution that is much less toxic to the environment!
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