Types of Dirt You Can Use for Desert Landscaping 


Gardening is fun, for there are so many different types of greens you can integrate into the space of your house.

In a perfect world, everyone would pick any plant and help it bloom in their yard. Though, factors such as the amount of rainfall and regional temperatures must be considered to determine the kind of landscape that will thrive in the given space.

Desert landscaping is best suited for arid regions where the lack of abundance of water is a common feature. These landscapes make the use of plants that do not need a lot of water to thrive. The types of dirt and soil used in these landscapes also differ.

This article will help you develop your desert landscaping ideas by offering a quick look at the different ground cover alternatives you can use for a desert landscape.



Multiple types of gravel can be used in desert landscaping. Crushed gravel refers to small stones that are a product of a large rock that is crushed in a quarry. These stones are further put through a sieve to get finer pieces of stone. River run gravel means gravel that is naturally round and smooth. This type of gravel is not altered in any way except perhaps reducing the size of pebbles. Cobble is larger than its finer counterparts. This type of gravel is primarily used to separate different fields of dirt. It can also be used to add some texture and color to the landscape.

Decomposed Granite

Also popularly known as stone dust, crusher fines, or DG, decomposed granite is a product of natural weathering and erosions of granite. Granite is a hard, igneous rock. It erodes to form a fine material that is not too different from gravel. Decomposed granite is so fine that some parts are as small as a grain of sand. It is available in several hues such as brown, green, black, gray, and red.



This is a large stone sliced into several layers and pieces. Rocks such as limestone, sandstone, slate, quartzite, etc., can produce flagstone. Typically, flagstone is used to pave out a path in the outdoor landscape. Paths traced out by flagstone are not only durable but also attractive to look at. Flagstones are available in a range of sizes, shapes, colors as well as textures. They are a good alternative in an outdoor landscape as they provide natural hardscaping.

Beach Pebbles

Beach pebbles are flat, round stones that come in varied sizes. The size may range from half an inch to 3 inches. These pebbles are available in several colors, right from gray to pastel shades. They add an interesting textural as well as color element to the desert landscape.

Thus, there are many options to consider while planning out the ground cover of a desert landscape. When paired with suitable plants and shrubs, different kinds of dirt, pebbles, and soils can serve both functional and aesthetic purposes.

Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen is the founder of OrganizeWithSandy and Works with Champalimaud Design where she curates and creates fresh ideas for designing and styling your life.

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