Rock is a landscaper’s best friend. Why? Because it is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add depth, texture, interest, height, and (best of all) maintenance-free interest to your property. It’s easy to find, comes in a million different types, and simple to install. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to put rock on the ground, but it does take a little expertise to know how to make it look truly stunning.
Whether you’re using larger rocks and boulders or smaller pebbles and stones, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can easily look like a meteor shower just fell onto your front lawn. These ideas help you use rock to your advantage to create a beautiful and natural addition to any outdoor space.
Rocks are a fantastic way to dress up a yard without creating more maintenance. You can use rocks to add interesting artistic flair in and around flower beds or walkways to create stunning effects. The best way to do this is by using stark contrasting colors in interesting patterns. Separate rocks with strong metal liners that create barriers without being seen at the surface.
Rocks are a great way to add decorative edging to flower beds or gardens. If you’re using rocks for edging, it’s best to choose rocks that are large enough that they won’t slide or shift easily. Be sure to dig around the bedding area so the rocks set at a depth that is approximately half of their height. This is the best way to make rock edging look more natural and beautiful.
Rocks are a great way to add functional drainage areas that are also beautiful. Bring in larger boulders to line the pathway and fill with river rocks and smaller pebbles. This technique keeps the flow of the water moving away from anything that can experience damage. Make sure the rocks you use are big enough that they won’t clog the drainage area but small enough that they won’t settle and flood other areas of the yard.
If you want to add a walkway that doesn’t currently exist, stone or gravel is a great solution. It’s affordable and comfortable to walk on. It also can give a nice visual contrast to the materials around it. You can even use a multi-color effect with tiny pea gravel to create a beautiful walkway. Other common materials for walkways are decomposed granite, or slate chips which both create beautiful landscape paths.
Rocks make a beautiful wall that you can’t get from plain concrete. Stone creates a wall that is both rugged and elegant. If your wall is more than a foot tall, or has to be more structurally sound, you might want to pour concrete first and then use rocks as an aesthetic accent. Fieldstone rocks, limestone, and Goshen stone are all rocks that make great walls because they are generally flat and easy to stack. They all come in a variety of colors as well to create a beautiful look.
The last thing you want is a wall that slopes or even falls after it settles. Make sure to learn How to Build a Rock Wall Correctly before you start your rock wall project.