Using natural rocks in landscapes and gardens has become one of the most popular techniques between designers and homeowners. They are long-lasting and a great option for ground cover. Besides, they provide beautiful natural textures, contrasts, and colors to your garden or landscape designs.
Stone benefits in landscaping
Stones and rocks add beauty and elegance to your garden. It is a great way to boost your home’s value. In addition, they offer multiple benefits in irrigation, weed control, maintenance, and aesthetics, of course.
Stones and rocks can be more expensive than other ground cover options such as mulch. Nonetheless, they are extremely durable and require virtually no maintenance, making them an excellent and accurate investment.
Plant care and protection
Placing large rocks or boulders can be a great way to offer protection to your plants. In the wilderness, plants usually grow at the edges of boulders for protection from the elements and to access moisture sequestered beneath the stone in dry seasons. Boulders will also discourage weed growth around your plants. They can also help keep your garden well-watered in a tidy way, as they can be used to disguise utilities such as foundations and irrigation heads.
In locations where the weather is severe and unpredictable, stones can help avoid nasty footprints on your house floors. Placing a stepping stone path can help walking through your garden without getting muddy shoes. Besides, it enhances your landscape.
Choosing the correct garden stone
First, go over your garden dimensions and plants you wish to have. However, if you are starting from scratch, it is better to check your stone options before, as they have different colors, sizes, and shapes. This could help you determine the plants that should or could go along with it.
Remember that some rocks, like boulders, are really heavy, and many tend to underestimate how this could become inconvenient. So, once again, if you are starting from scratch, get your stones delivered before beginning any other construction. This will avoid you strong headaches.
This is the fun part and where many of us prefer the help of an expert. Nonetheless, you can use some interesting tips in order to come up with better ideas to share with your contractor or designer. If you are confident enough, you can let your imagination flow.
- In shady areas where plants tend to fail to grow, you can use warm color stones to brighten up the sector. River rocks or white or bright pebbles could do the job.
- Dark colors such as terracotta go well in minimalist landscapes or tropical gardens.
- Large rocks such as boulders can be used to stand out empty spaces. It can be used as an eye-catching focal point, adding visual interest to monotonous border areas and hedges. Consider planting a weird-shaped boulder as a centerpiece or create interesting constellations of two or three boulders surrounded by ornamental flowers or decorative cactus.
There is a wide range of stone and rock options to enhance and solve many of the most common landscape and garden problems. With a little imagination and expert advice, you can achieve magnificent results.
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