How to clean rock garden/mulch?
I am currently breaking my back attempting to clean my rock areas of dried leaves, petals, and so forth. This stuff builds up about every 3 mo's. and is very hard to blow out of the large and medium size river rock. I have moved the large rocks aside, cleaned and reset them. Sometimes vacuuming the stuff is a bit easier but is still time consuming, not fun at all and hard work. I can't hose anything down because the rocks are very efficient at holding in the moisture and the plants will rot. I found out the hard way.
The landscaper planted Lily of the Nile, a Crape Mrytle tree, low junipers, African boxwood, a Banks rose, a 2 tree roses within these various rock covered areas. My neighbor also has a mature Willow tree that drops most of the leaves and twigs onto my yard, much of it on the rock areas. I am at my wits end and not enjoying the gardening experience as I should. Any ideas?