If you're like many homeowners who love to cultivate their favorite plants in their yards, your outdoor living space undoubtedly contains a lot of lush vegetation such as an emerald-green lawn, colorful flower beds, and thriving specimen plants. However, you may also feel that it lacks texture and definition, which is not unusual when the plant material in outdoor living spaces isn't balanced by hardscaping. Hardscaping is simply anything that is not a plant that adds function and/or aesthetics to an outdoor environment.
Landscape rocks are often used as hardscaping. Following are five ways you can use them to dress up your outdoor living space.
Create a Rock Garden
A rock garden can be a beautiful and low-maintenance way to add interest to your outdoor space. To create a rock garden, choose a sunny spot and prepare the soil by removing weeds and adding compost or other organic matter. Then, arrange the rocks in a way that looks natural and pleasing to you. You can also add plants, such as succulents, herbs, or small alpine plants, to fill in gaps between the rocks.
Use as Edging
Landscape rocks can be used to define the edges of your garden beds, walkways, or other outdoor spaces. To create a rock edging, simply place the rocks along the desired edge and fill in any gaps with soil or mulch.
Add Rocks to a Water Feature
Landscape rocks can be used to create a natural-looking border around a pond, fountain, or other water feature. You can also use rocks to create a stream or waterfall within the water feature.
Use Rocks as a Border or Backdrop
Landscape rocks can be used to create a border or backdrop for plants, trees, or other outdoor features. For example, you could use rocks to create a border around a tree or a backdrop for a flower bed.
Create a Rock Pathway
A rock pathway can be a beautiful and practical way to add interest to your outdoor space. To create a rock pathway, simply lay flat rocks in a line to create a path. You can use a variety of sizes and shapes of rocks to create a more natural look.
Remember to consider the size, color, and shape of the rocks when selecting them for your landscape. Choose rocks that will complement your overall design and blend in with the natural surroundings for the best effect.
For more information about rocks, contact a local landscaping company.