Landscaping with Rocks and Flat Stones
In the cooler months and shorter days, many plants go dormant, or at least slow their growth down for a season, much like animals who hibernate through the winter. But in the temperate North Texas climate, we’re lucky enough to receive a good number of sunny days in the winter- many even warm enough to enjoy the outdoors for a few hours.
The good news is, the decrease in active plant growth means your lawn care duties are reduced for a few months. The bad news is, when you do want to relish the more pleasant weather with an afternoon in the backyard, your landscape may look a bit anemic this time of year.
How about a few low-maintenance, sustainable ways to add some color and character to your lawn, that work for every season of the year? This is exactly what hardscaping is all about.
If you haven’t heard of it, hardscaping is a style of landscaping that uses all manner of rocks. Boulders, river rocks, flat stones- you name it. The sky is the limit when it comes to utilizing this method to beautify your yard.
Benefits of Hardscaping
- Sustainability– Once you’ve completed the installment, there is no watering, fertilizing, pruning, and so forth. Unlike a new bed of flowers, this style of landscaping will actually reduce both your labor and your w
- Flexibility– No matter what other features you’ve nurtured in your yard, adding rocks or stones can compliment any landscape. Need a new border for your veggie garden? A new walkway? A nice bit of edging around a tree? You can even use larger material to create a small rock garden as a sort of centerpiece, to add some personality to your outdoor space.
- Variety– As we mentioned before, there are many materials that can be used for hardscaping. Your local garden shop, quarry, or lawn care company often carries a variety of landscaping rocks. You can also source them yourself from nature walks and so forth.
Landscaping rocks include river rocks, commercially tumbled rocks, and gravel. What you choose to work with will depend largely on the size, shape, color, and texture you prefer. River rocks and tumbled rocks have smooth edges, and some quarries offer mixes in a full rainbow of shades.
Gravel tends to be coarser and more rugged, but can make for an attractive filler for flat projects, such as bordering length of paving stones. It actually offers a lot more variety than those drab grey crumbles at the old school yard. Some suppliers offer crushed granite, lava rock, or finely ground pea gravel.
Flat stones include chipped boulders, slabs of bedrock, and specially cut paving stones. Again, the variety in size and color is broad enough to satisfy any gardener’s creative vision. They’re great for flat projects, such as edging around your deck, and can also be stacked or layered for garden walls.
Bedrock tends to be quite thin and dark, offering a handsomely jagged appearance for low borders. Chipped paving stones come in a wider array of shapes and sizes, so you can choose whether you want material that looks natural or manicured. With all of these, they can be laid into the ground, layered, or fastened together with cement, depending on the nature of your project.
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