More and more regularly we are seeing Decorative Pebbles and Gravels being used as a ground cover in garden beds as mulch, pathways, driveways and areas around the house where a something just a bit more “pretty” then bark or mulch is required. With the ever expanding and wide range of Decorative Pebble options available on the market it’s no wonder, you can now choose almost any colour of the rainbow!
Locally sourced pebbles can be a great budget option for your landscape design, with many naturally smooth river pebbles available in a variety of colours from all over the East coast of Australia. But for a real premium look, check out the range of decorative pebbles from Kashmiri Pebbles. They are supplied by the 20kg bad (or for larger areas, 1 Tonne bags can be sourced by special order) and come in a huge range of colours and finishes.
Using Decorative Pebbles as a garden mulch
The most common use of Decorative Pebbles is as a mulch in garden beds. Pebble mulch is a great option for a number of garden types and although initial install costs might be slightly higher than traditional tree mulch, long term maintenance costs will be greatly reduced. Why? Well tree bark and mulch, being organic in nature will inevitably break down and require replenishment. Expect to be replacing your mulch every 6-12 months and bark every 12-18 months. Decorative pebbles on the other hand can last a lifetime! Be aware however, that bark and mulch play a number of key roles in the garden. The first is quite simply soil protection from things like erosion, sunlight and weed germination a role pebble mulch can easily fill. The second is to break down and “feed” the garden bed adding organic compost from the rotting timbers. Unfortunately this is one role pebble can not fill, so you will need to ensure that you feed your plants and gardens in other ways such as through the regular application of liquid and slow release fertilisers. Pebble mulch is best suited for native and arid gardens where composted organics are not as high in demand.