If you’ve been mulling over some design schemes for your yard, implementing a whole new layout can feel daunting, especially when considering factors such as plantings, mulch, walkways, and other stonework. However, landscaping rocks are a simple way to dramatically change the look and feel of your yard. With so many styles, colors, and textures available, landscaping rocks bring ease and versatility to your yard’s makeover more than any other outdoor feature. Here are a few tips to help you select and place the correct rocks for your project.
Choose a Basic Theme
First, decide on the main goal of your project. For example, do you want to brighten up a dull, back corner? Or are you trying to add warmth to a yard which feels kind of lifeless? Keep in mind that colors and textures of stones say different things to the viewer. Light-colored rocks brighten, whereas river stones and terracotta bring warmth. Also note any existing features of your yard, as you’ll want to add stones that complement, not clash.
Keep It Simple
To create a crisp, clean look, try not to place patches or swaths of many colors and textures of landscaping rocks side by side or in close proximity. Usually two different types are enough. If you have a row of shrubs or a tree surrounded by mulch, try bordering it with a low retaining wall of flat stone, or edge it with smooth, round rocks. Or, if you’ve been considering mulching an area but haven’t yet, try using pea gravel instead. Because it comes in a variety of colors, you can choose a shade which goes well with your house. Another simple way to use gravel is to designate and completely cover a planter area with it. Then, place large pots throughout at measured intervals. Not only does this look great, but it makes whatever greenery you decide to put in your planters easy to reach and care for.
If you’d like some help bringing the beauty of your yard to the next level, trust the experts at All Starr Tree & Landscape. We’ll help you choose the best landscaping rocks and will even provide high-quality, 3D imaging of your outdoor space as we make your ideas into reality. Contact us today!