Backyard Landscape Design Tips: Using Rocks And Stones

A proper garden can be created using different components which are interwoven to bring out the desired final picture. One of the most common materials that are very much adapted to creating garden accessories is rock. Garden rocks and stones can be used to implement different functions with the final result being an exotic authentic product. Today’s post covers this important aspect of backyard landscape design – how to bets make use of natural materials such as rocks and stones.

A good way in which they can be used is in creating a water feature. It is the arrangement of rocks or stones, and their relationship with plants and if possible amphibians and fish that give water features their appeal.  The water feature itself is, of course, an artificial structure, but it is intended to look natural so many landscapers like to incorporate existing rocks into the setting. I have often seen rocks which have been too large to move to break, turned into a fantastic water feature by carefully blending new and existing materials to fantastic effect.

Another place where use of garden rocks and stones can be vividly seen is in the creation of walkways and borders in the garden. The use of different shades, shapes, material and sizes of stones can make for a very interesting feature. Stone walkways are great for breaking up large, flat and uninteresting pieces of ground and can be used in conjunction with small shrubs or low level vegetation to provide definition to areas of grass or to provide a natural break between segments of the yard.

The use of stones and rocks extends to the borders and outlying areas of your garden. For example, if your border lies along a driveway or path, or if your garden is split into 2 – one half for the garden and the other for the yard area, then using stones to provide a natural looking break often works very well. The right selection of stones can provide a clear break without overwhelming the senses and is often much cheaper than erecting a fence or building a wall.

In some instances however, you might not want plants or shrubs to peek through the garden rocks and stones that you use to create your pathways. If this is the case, then make sure that you put mortar or grout between them. Its also a good idea to make sure that the stones are placed on a firm bed which minimizes the amount of movement and thus prevents cracking and splitting of the mortar (and so prevents those pesky weeds from poking through. If you are undertaking larger scale projects like this, I would always recommend getting on touch with your local professional landscaper for some good advice; it usually pays off in the long run.

One good thing about the implementation and in cooperation of rocks into a garden is that they will help bring out a more natural feel to your garden than if bare concrete was used. For instance, putting stepping stones across a stream will be more natural than constructing a bridge across it.

The possibilities at your disposal in using garden rocks and stones in landscaping are perhaps limited only by your imagination. Even if the project you have in mind does not conform to any known landscaping class, you should go on and implement it since landscaping is more like an art. The more authentic and unique the result you end up with the greater your success.