If you happen to drive around town you will notice that most of the yards look the same. Sure some may have beautifully manicured lawns and others may not, but the overall look is the same, green grass, trees and flowers. If you’re longing to make your yard different from the acres of sameness, then adding some decorative rocks and stones will certainly create a landscape the will stand out from the crowd.
The addition of landscaping rocks will give your yard a certain style and character that most homeowners would love to have but have no idea where to start. The first step, if your game…to adding some personality to your landscaping, is to remove some of the grass. If you aren’t using your front lawn then there is no point in maintaining it don’t you think, use a shovel or spade and cut your grass into turf-like portions and then slide you shovel under the grass to remove the piece. Or if you don’t need to place it back down somewhere then you can use a tiller if you have access to one.
If you are going to be placing these landscape rocks in as a garden border then you will have to decide whether or not you have the proper drainage for your plants and flowers, if not, now would be a good time to cater for that, see Draining your garden bed. Also another consideration would be to add the appropriate irrigation system.
When it comes to placing the rocks you have several options, depending on your ability and how permanent you want these rocks to be, You can either fully concrete them into a concrete footing and then joint them with cement or if you want a more casual look about them then set them on a sand mixed with cement just to stabilise it, this will enable you to bed the rock into place and then the mix will set just from the moisture from the ground, or you can hose it when you finish.
Whatever way you decide to keep your rocks in place it’s a good idea to keep the bottom of the rock lower from the ground level, whether that be your grass or path or whatever, that way you can keep your footing out of site and the rock looks like it’s been there for ever.
Another use for your landscape rocks would be to scatter them throughout your garden, and again keep the bottom of the rock set in the soil or below the level of mulch, don’t just put all single rocks either but vary it a little… have one then two but a big and a small, then two similar size but a hand full of real small around the base, the idea is to make it look as natural as possible.
If you just add a small amount of rocks to your landscape theme then you will be surprised the effect it will have on the look, I think you would be quite pleased with yourself…
All the best with your rock work.