Weekend mulching...with rocks! Now, I know that this is not generally a recommended choice for mulch, and the use of these polished rocks from the Dollar store is likely considered even more repulsive, but there's method to my madness!
You see, even though my soil is sandy, there is a lot of debris raining down on my plants from the overhead trees, which can cause rot in some plants, especially cacti and succulents, like these hen and chicks, along with the hardy ice plants.
There! Much better, don't you think?
Same situation, this is before... ...and after. Now the stones can radiate heat as well as allow pockets of air to circulate between the plants and leaf litter to prevent rotting. The rocks are mostly polished (but natural colors), and I tossed on some "locals" to help them all blend in and look more natural.
Same goes for my new ice plants around this stump, which is rotting itself, so I don't want my succulents to become any sort of goo....
....there! All snug and cozy with your new rock buddies....see ya' in the spring!