How to Landscape With Rocks

Before placing rocks and boulders on your landscape, you need to make sure that you plan the design well in advance. There are a number of stages that you need to take to ensure a successful landscape. Remember that the initial decision you make is for the long-term. For a list of steps on how to landscape with rocks, consider the following suggestions.


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    Research various options for landscaping with rocks. Look online and in landscaping magazine for landscaping ideas. These resources will give you an idea of what type of rocks you can work with and how you can utilize them. You may not be able to get certain rocks if they are regional, but you may be able to substitute. The idea at this point is to get design ideas.
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    Determine a budget for your project. By establishing a certain amount, you will know what the realistic options are when you are shopping. Without a budget, you are at risk of spending more than you anticipated when purchasing the rocks for landscaping alone.
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    Design a layout of the property from a bird's eye view. Make sure everything is to scale. Add the boulders and rocks where you plan on positioning them and make sure that you are satisfied. When placing the rocks, try to maintain a natural look and feel. This will be your opportunity to rearrange your design if you find flaws.
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    Check your local rock supplier to see what is available for rocks and boulders for landscaping. You may have to order some of the supplies, so give yourself enough time to put your design into place. Before making a final purchase, inquire about how the rocks will be delivered. Determine whether the options are feasible for the property you will be landscaping or whether the vehicles and machines transporting your rocks will have difficulty accessing the grounds.
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    Prepare the location of the rocks by clearing it of weeds and debris. Take note of the fact that the earth will settle under the boulders, rocks and stones; therefore, you may need to add earth to certain areas to compensate. Rake the area and press the earth down.
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    Add professional landscape cover over the prepared grounds. You can organize the areas around the rocky sections in the same manner if you want to add plants and ground cover. Make sure everything is in place and ready for delivery. This will make the process easier to manage when the landscaping rocks arrive.


  • Make sure that you are happy with the placement of the rocks before the delivery people leave. You will need help in the event that you need to move a boulder.
  • Schedule your landscaping endeavor during the warmer months.

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