If you haven’t considered using rocks in your landscaping before, this article may change your mind. Rocks add organic and textural elements to your landscape and are also durable and low-maintenance. If you’re looking for something to help tie everything together or hide problem spots, landscaping with rocks might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Ways to Incorporate Rocks into Your Landscaping

Anchor Plant Beds

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This home already has some beautiful landscaping elements, but what really ties it all together is the rocks at the front anchoring the plant beds. Not only do the rocks draw attention to the plants at the front, they also help to tie in the stones used throughout the rest of the home, garage and driveway. Something as simple as the addition of a few rocks takes this landscaping from good to great.

Protect Your Flowers and Plants

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In addition to anchoring the look of your landscaping, smaller rocks can be used to create a border from your grass to your flower and plant beds. Not only does this create a beautiful border that helps to visually break up your yard, it also helps physically separate your plants from pets, children, and clumsy neighbours who may be walking through your yard.

Low Maintenance, Low Cost

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One of the best things about landscaping with rocks is how easy they are to take care of. Unless you want rocks that look like they’re polished daily, you really do not have to do anything to your rocks once they’re in place. This makes them a great choice for lazy-landscapers. In addition to their low maintenance, rocks are also considerably cheap. In fact, you may already have the perfect rocks for your yard on your property! Take a look around and see what you can make use of.

Aid in Drainage

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If you’re looking for an attractive way to direct your water runoff, consider incorporating rocks. Oftentimes drainage solutions are seen as unattractive but necessary. By adding rocks to your garden, you can easily and beautifully disguise your drainage system. Your garden rocks are able to handle constant contact with water, unlike many other materials. This makes them a smart material choice for the job.

Beneficial to Plants

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Did you know that adding rocks to your plant beds can actually be beneficial to them? The addition of rocks to plant beds helps hold in and distribute moisture. Because of this, your plants will get the right amount of water they need and help them thrive and grow. The addition of rocks also helps the plants stand out and add some diversity to this homeowner’s very green lawn.

Fix Problem Spots

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Rocks are great at being place fillers. They can help make an awkwardly shaped plant bed look purposeful and beautiful. Take for example this backyard. While this slope might have been a challenge to navigate at first, the addition of large boulders and smaller rocks help create visual levels that make the backyard look lush and interesting.

Grass Alternative

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If your yard has a hard time keeping grass alive, you should consider switching over to a rock garden. Not only are they beautiful and easy to maintain, a rock garden gives you unlimited options when it comes to looks. Choose from small pebbles, fine gravel, or statement-making boulders, all in a variety of colours and textures. We love the use of multiple rock materials in this backyard.

Now that you have a better idea of all the different ways you can use rocks in your landscaping, it’s time to give it a try. Let us know in the comments how you plan to use rocks in your landscaping, or if you already are using them, let us know your favourite way to incorporate them. If you need professional help with your landscaping, remember to check out HomeStars for all your home improvement needs.

 

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