Rocks have been around for billions of years and may be just as old as the Earth. There are many types of rocks: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. These are found basically everywhere you can fix your eyes on. They can be found in the water on rivers, lakes, and creeks. They can also be found in the ground and of course, there are many sizes to choose from. Some rocks are so very well put together by Mother Nature that it looks delightful and pleasing to the eye. You wonder how they can look so picturesque, but you can also use your creativity and use rocks to invent a beautiful landscape right in your own yard.
Types of rocks
Whether you are designing your own landscaping rock garden or are going to use an experienced gardener you will need to do a little planning. Landscaping rocks come in all sizes, shapes and colors. There are little ones that look as small as a pebble, there are the small size rocks that can be found in river beds, there are medium size rocks about 10“-15” wide that you can basically pick up yourself and there are the gigantic ones that you will probably have to use a crane to lift them. Rocks come in all colors and shapes, these can be black, white, red, brown, flat, round, etc… well you get the point.
Before starting your project
So back to the planning stages, as a do-it-yourselfer, you will need to have an idea of the type of garden you will be creating. It can be a backyard garden or a design for your front yard. Even if you are hiring an experienced gardener or landscaping company, you will still need to have your dream garden idea drawn in your head or on paper. There are thousands of images in the internet of beautiful, charming, gardens and flower beds surrounded with landscaping rocks and stones. Most landscaping designs have rocks or stones imbedded somewhere in the middle, around or throughout the entire landscape.
Okay, next step is to figure out what types of rocks are desired or needed for that special project. Will your landscaping rocks be used to create a walkway, be the center of the garden with little waterfalls and ponds, or will the rocks be used to separate or outline the garden. Another point to consider is the quantity of rocks to be used. Obviously, not only it depends on the size and the amount needed, but also the price. Believe it or not, some rocks may be quite pricey. Some can be found free in the internet as some people near you may have too many or may have extra rocks in their own property and may want to get rid of them.
Does the soil have to be prepped?
Preparing the soil or ground is also very important. You want to make sure there is a liner placed underneath where the rocks are to be positioned. This will ensure no grass or weeds grow or sip through the rocks. At around the same time, the rocks should be delivering to your yard near where the landscaping design will be set up or should have already been picked up if you are doing it yourself.
Starting and completing your masterpiece
You, your gardener or a landscaping artist may be ready to start the masterpiece. The project can take from a few hours to several days depending on the project at hand. Little by little you will see your landscaping rocks take shape. You can mix and match the colors, shapes and rock design to create that beautiful masterpiece. You can make walkways and entrances to the house, you can use the landscaping rocks to create a parking area for your car or boat. These will look so much cleaner and pleasing to the eye as grass can die when a car or boat is parked for long periods at a time. The smaller rocks can be made into a landscaping design by placing the same type and color rock along the same aisle as you create your desired pattern. Larger rocks can be made to look like a small waterfall with the water draining into a pond. The ideas are endless!
Just remember, all rocks can be put together just about anywhere in your yard. These do not have to be massive or numerous, just enough to add to a flower bed, shrubs or entrance to make any yard more appealing.