When it comes to ground cover options for your home, you have various options. Of course, grass is one option, but watering in the desert is expensive, and the upkeep can be very laborious. You could incorporate low-growing shrubs, vines, wood mulch, and even concrete in a large area if you wanted to. But we suggest you consider using rocks for your landscaping. In case you might not know about many of the benefits of landscaping rocks, we’ve included a few below.
1. Landscaping rock doesn’t attract insects. Because rocks are the most inhospitable material for pests, rarely will you see a large number of termites or other insects living in them. Mulch, however, attracts all manner of insects seeking moisture, shelter, and biodegradable material to consume.
2. Gravel won’t die if you walk on it. If you have children running about on your lawn, most likely, any green grass you had will soon be trampled. The good news is that landscaping gravel can take a beating and still look good for years to come.
3. Gravel aids drainage during downpours. A lawn consisting of soil and grass can have the effect of water pooling when there’s a rain storm. But, when applied properly, gravel can improve drainage, discourage pooling, and quickly move water away from your home.
4. Gravel costs less to maintain. Initially, gravel does cost more to apply to your landscaping. Whereas grass can be planted with seed, straw, sun, and water, gravel needs more ground preparation to ensure that it operates as it should. But, over time, the cost savings that result from a lawn covered with gravel will more than make up for the initial cost of installation. You’ll consume less water with rock, and you don’t have to pay someone to mow it.