If you’re looking to touch up your landscape, you should consider using rocks.
Adding the right rocks to the right areas will enhance the aesthetics of your home’s landscape while also protecting trees and plants from harm in the process.
So, how exactly can you use rocks in your landscape?
#1) Surround Trees
One idea is to surround trees with rocks. Granted, you shouldn’t surround all your trees with rocks. Rather, focus on the high-value trees in the middle of your landscape.
By placing a small ring around these trees, you’ll discourage weeds and other invasive plants from growing near them. Just remember to place enough rocks so that no bare soil or grass is exposed directly around your trees.
#2) Fill in Flowerbeds
In addition to surrounding trees, you can use rocks to fill flowerbeds.
Some homeowners assume that mulch is the only available solution to prevent weeds from growing in flowerbeds. While mulch certainly works for this purpose, rocks work just as well.
To use them, sprinkle a light layer of small rocks in your flowerbeds. You obviously don’t want to cover your flowers with rocks, but you should consider the soil surrounding your flowers with rocks.
#3) Build a Retaining Wall
Depending on the size of the rocks, you may be able to build a retaining wall with them. A retaining wall, of course, is a structure used to hold back the soil.
Retaining walls are useful because they protect against soil erosion and enhance your landscape’s aesthetics.
#4) Create a Perimeter Around Ponds
If you have a pond in your landscape, try arranging a circle of rocks around the perimeter of it.
Without a defined perimeter, the edges of your pond may erode. This usually doesn’t happen overnight. But over the course of several months or years, the soil may erode, resulting in a messy- and unkempt-looking pond.
You can prevent this from happening by defining the perimeter of your outdoor pond with rocks.
#5) Create a Walkway
Finally, you can use rocks to create a walkway through your landscape. Start by compacting and grading the soil. Next, arrange large stepping-stone rocks through this path. Once in place, you and your family can use this walkway to traverse your landscape.
These are just a few ways to use rocks in a landscape. Regardless of what you have planned, it’s important to choose the right type of rocks. Rainbow rocks, for example, are ideal for flowerbeds because of their varied colors and small size.
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