Milton looking concerned about his river rock problem.
How do I maintain river rock in landscape?
My backyard project includes a massive area of river rock that covers more than half of the backyard. Any landscape fabric that might have been there has surely deteriorated and it is now a losing battle to keep the weeds and grass from coming up through the rocks and in a few places the rocks are disappearing into the dirt below.
I love the look the rocks add to my yard and would keep them if there’s a reasonable solution. But the feeling of a Zen Garden just isn’t there with the constant struggle to keep that area looking nice. I’m losing the battle and open to any ideas, please! Should I take the rocks out and replace them with something else? And if so, what? Move them to a smaller area? Bring in more rocks so they’re thicker and hope weeds don’t make it through? Replace the ginormous area with landscape fabric only to do it again in a few years?
I think the rocks originally served the purpose of covering a shady area where grass was sparse or not at all so the area probably needs some sort of alternative to grass, I’m just hoping there are some ideas out there on how to handle my high maintenance area of river rock.