In this case, our customer had purchased a home and was left with some challenging problems. The prior home owner had built a wall that didn’t fit into the new home owners game plan. We were commisioned to take out the old and bring in the new. The wall was failing in spots and re-building it with out having a source for additional stone to match, was not an option. This renovation involved adding natural Limestone snap steps, pavered walkways, a patio, a pondless water feature and landscaping. The customer wanted rock instead of mulch to lessen maintenance. I’m still a mulch fan, especially when boulders are being utilized. The mulch adds contrast to the boulders and really allows them to stand out. For customers that are after reduced maintenance, this maybe the way to go. In time, proper placement of plantings will allow for nice contrast as they mature and fill in the river rocked areas.