Have you ever been to a river or creek near Nashville and seen any smooth, round rocks as the water rushes by? If so, you’ve already experienced our topic for today: river rock.
River rock is just that — rock harvested from rivers. Even though this rock seems very simple, there’s so much you can do with it that it deserves its own post.
What is river rock?
There are a variety of different sizes and shapes of river rock. They exist in pretty much any natural color you can think of — brown, red, white, gray, black. But one thing is clear: river rock is identifiable because of its rounded features and smooth texture.
How did this happen? By now you probably have an idea. River rock has been smoothed by the forces of water rushing over it. As the current of water moves, it dashes smaller rocks against each other. Even if these smaller rocks are broken bits off of larger rocks (which mostly all are), the rough edges become smoothed by this smashing against other rocks. It takes time, but eventually those who deal natural stone in Nashville, TN are able to go into a streambed and harvest the river rocks.
If you have river rocks in your landscape, you know how fun they are to work with. The natural smoothness of these stones creates an aesthetically pleasing appearance for any landscape, especially those designed to evoke the feeling of being out in the wilderness.
As such, river rock can be used to great advantage in permanent water fixtures. If you have a pond on your property, adding river rock from another location is the natural choice: the pond will not only look like it’s always had such rounded stones, it will look like it’s always been on your property.
The Do It Yourself website suggests several other excellent uses of river rock. For one, garden walls. If you have a spot for a retaining wall in mind, consider seeing your local dealer of natural stone in Nashville, TN for a supply of river rocks. Other uses include fireplaces (both indoor and out), paths or sidewalks, columns, even as tiling in a bathroom or kitchen as a backsplash. You can essentially use river rock for any feature of landscape that does not include paving. River rock is pretty versatile that way.
You can also use small river rocks — called pebbles — in any capacity you were intending to use gravel for. This post suggests using river rocks to line dry creek beds in your yard (sort of a Japanese garden effect) or turn the beds into paths. However you choose to use them, river rocks are the perfect feature for a Nashville landscape.
Have you ever landscaped with river rock?
If you’re in Nashville, having an aesthetically pleasing yet natural look to your landscape is a top priority. You’re lucky you’ve stumbled upon this post because river rock is definitely up there in terms of supplying the look you want for your yard. Plus, these rocks aren’t machine made, are largely harvested close to home, and go perfectly with almost any pre-existing landscape. What’s not to love?
Do you use river rocks in your Nashville yard or hardscape? What do you like best about them? Leave a comment below detailing your use of river rocks! We especially want to hear your creative uses of them — dry creek bed? Pathway? Retaining wall? Lining a pond? With so many uses, your comment is sure to inspire other creative homeowners!