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Best Uses of Rock Landscaping

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Best Uses of Rock Landscaping

It’s not etched in stone that you have to have grass in your yard. For instance, your neighbor might have a couple of old BMW’s on cinder blocks out front. Don’t take that route, though. You’re more artistic and practical. You want to pop-up your curb appeal by stoning the space between said curb and your house.

  1. 1.Your Objective

    Ask yourself before starting this project: Why are you doing this? Are you interested in enhancing your home’s curb appeal? Do you have a practical purpose? For instance, every time it rains, do a few wheelbarrows of dirt wash away from your property? Is your house on a small elevation and you’d like to create a wall to hold topsoil and make your yard more level?

  2. Being creative with the hard stuff is not only artsy; it can also take time off your mowing job. Consider that when designing your project.
  3. 2.Erosion

    If you have an erosion issue, you have a choice; boulders or rocks. Boulders being about the size of that BMW we talked about earlier and rocks are around the size of your head. That will determine how big you want to go. Walls usually can be made of cantaloupe-sized round stone. To make it very secure, use mortar to seal the stones together and the wall stable.

  4. 3.Terrace Gardening

    You might think of this type of project as creating steps for giants. In reality, terraces are not just steps. They could be built at various levels, becoming pockets for topsoil. You’ll want to construct these structures, keeping in mind that the rocks will need to be assembled with cement or mortar. Basically, you’re creating a long planter-box.

  5. 4.Pebble Stones or Pea Gravel

    We talked about using boulders to keep your property from ending up down-the-road after a heavy downpour. It’s not against the law to marry some megalithic structure with a bunch of bean-sized rocks. The key is to use more pea gravel than boulders – one boulder and one little stone looks pretty funny.

  6. 5.Eliminating “Pooling”

    Is there an area of your yard that pools-up after a storm? Done right, that recurring puddle can be transformed into a yard feature. Think of it as a way of making lemonade from lemons. Keep in mind, water is a fluid and travels the path of least resistance. The H2O will need to go someplace. This solution focuses the run-off along a track where it can drain.


    Another solution might be to take the area in question and fill it with topsoil. Surround the plot with a border of larger rocks. Finally, put about an inch of pea gravel over the dirt. Plant some plants.

  7. 6.Be Creative

    Twisting walkways, multi-colored borders, patches of stone splashed with greenery and tall grasses, raised bed gardens made from shallow stone enclosures. Sounds like a great addition. Before jumping into things, take a Sunday afternoon drive around your neighborhood. Bring your digital camera along and shoot some pictures of yards that have employed stone landscaping.


    Being creative with the hard stuff is not only artsy; it can also take time off your mowing job. Consider that when designing your project. You want to build something that your mower can maneuver around, but also adds detail and beauty to your property. A final benefit might be that it adds value to your home.

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