Easy ways to incorporate rocks into a landscape include mulching with river rock, using accent boulders, building a dry creek bed, lining a walkway and creating rock borders. River rocks are small and easier to move than larger boulders for DIY home landscaping.
River rock mulch works well around sturdy shrubs or in beds without plants. Smaller plants may have difficulty growing with heavy rocks around them.
Large accent boulders create a focal point in the landscaping. River rocks make a fitting ground cover around the accent boulders. Medium-sized rocks are an option for creating borders around landscaped areas or along walkways.
A dry creek bed uses river rocks to create a small creek-like pathway through the yard. It works as a decorative element or to direct water through the yard so it doesn't leave gullies.