River stones/pebbles in pool landscape?

fuzzygusJuly 22, 2008

Hi, All,

A newbie here. Wondering if anyone has used river stones or polished pebbles as landscape around a pool? We have some beds that abut the pool on either side of the spa, and I was thinking of using stones as fill (vs. plantings -- there is currently soil in the beds). I wondered how the stones worked: do they get dirty? do they make their way into the pool and how bad that is? what color schemes any other posters have chosen and do they have photos? where they purchased them?

Thank you so much!


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We are planning to use a lot of stones in beds around the pool. Sorry that we are just not that far along. We are waiting for our cabana to be completed in another couple of weeks and then the landscapers will move in. I'll be glad to post then, but it might be too late for you. Good luck deciding. I will be following this to see what people have to say.

Here is a link that might be useful: Our Pool Build

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 10:22PM
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We too are strongly concidering small (one inch or so) river rock for our landscape. The pool is going to take up a good portion of our yard and we don't want grass again. Our thought is river rock for it's smoothness, if you step off the decking. We are thinking tropical with a few palms, some ground cover plants along the border and potted flowering plants.

I would also like to see pictures of thouse who chose river rock or something similar for their pool landscape.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 9:19AM
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I will take some and post later, I used large sized river rock that extends abour 1 to 2 feet off my concrete deck around the pool. I used landscape fabric underneath it and still get a weed or two, but that was well worth it.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 9:55AM
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We have all kinds of river rock and dry creek beds around our pool. Those rocks are heavy...they don't go anywhere.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 11:21AM
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I went with large river jacks around the whole perimeter of the pool. The trench is about 20 inches wide. It serves as a nice border to keep the grass back. Virtually no weeds (it is 12 inches deep). I also ran drainage pipe at the bottom of the trench to get run-off water from my downspouts and off the deck down to my swale. Only knock is they are tough on bare feet.
I'm having trouble figuring out how to upload a picture; will keep trying.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 11:35AM
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We used a mix of pea gravel and Mexican river rock for some of the areas around our pool (couple of pics below). The river rocks stay solidly in place except when the kids name them and take them swimming (yes, it's happened!) Some of the pea gravel gets tracked into the pool. I didn't intend for it to be walked on, but you know how kids are :-) I just pluck out the pieces of gravel when I'm swimming around. I might find 5 or 6 a week in there, so it's no biggie. I made sure to hold the gravel down below the decking elevation so it wouldn't wash out during super-heavy rains.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 6:40PM
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We used the smaller stones in our paths and the larger ones on the edges of the paths/pool to keep the mulch under control and off the travertine. Will likely rim our entire patio with the larger stones next season.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 7:14PM
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If you decide to have some plantings in and amongst the stones/rocks...or near the stones/rocks, remember that the rocks in direct sun will add a lot of heat to the microclimate the plants are in. Just be sure to select the proper plants with that in mind.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 3:00PM
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Here is a few from our pool

    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 1:57PM
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someday when our pool will be finished .. we actually bought pebble tiles for the water line and planning to put some more on areas around the pool. will send pics when it's done. We have neighbors who actually put black pebbles around their pool and it is absolutely beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 10:22AM
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I am looking for large size river stones, but in my area (North Dallas) is quite expensive ($15.00 small bag).
Any recommendations as to where to find a cheaper price? (I've looked all over the web)


    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 4:51PM
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