Wednesday, 11 September 2013

How to Use Rocks in Your Residential Landscaping?

There are instances when you would like to elevate or change the existing look and structure of your landscape. Your home probably has a garden which was done up years ago and you may be tired of it. Renovating your aging landscape will bring about a noticeable change but what can you do? You can install some new plants or trees but they all age in time and you will be right back where you started after a few years have passed. You can try something that will benefit the landscape as a whole.

Instead of adding some flowering plants, try introducing some rocks into your residential landscape. They definitely won’t get old or die while you’re away during a vacation. In fact, they look better as they age. What’s so special about rocks anyway? They have an archetypal, symbolic meaning as they are considered to be the fundamental elements of nature. They have been preserved from eons past, persevering against the acts of nature and stand for endurance, stability and timelessness.

In a landscape designer’s repertoire, rocks have been a significant part of a landscape design. There are certain tips to keep in mind while upgrading your landscape with rocks. You will learn how to fit them into your garden’s composition, physically integrate and install them in your landscape and also discover principles of their use.

  • Be certain of installing rocks – Before you begin to add rocks to your landscape, have a certain purpose in mind. Make sure it’s beyond a simple reason like just wanting rocks in your garden or because you like the way it looks or because the neighbors have some.
  • Anchor your landscape with rocks – To create focal points in your garden, use rocks to group plants together. They elevate the aura of the surrounding plants and hardscape features. They bring about a timeless appeal and harmony to the garden.
  • Functional purpose of rocks – To contrast the natural softness and dynamics of plants, rocks are steadfast and rugged, giving a topographical relief to the whole composition of your garden. They form an enduring and prominent position, creating a micro environment for your flora and fauna by retaining heat in winter, providing managed shade in summer and also stimulating certain alpine conditions for the plants to grow. They can also be placed along paths to create additional areas for sitting.
  • Install rocks of appropriate sizes and shapes – You don’t have to be intimidated about the size of the rocks before installation. They will look much better once they are set and planted around your garden. Make sure they complement each other by setting two or three together in a bed. You can bury them partly to make them look more natural and permanent. Shape is of utmost importance apart from color and texture. You need to look for certain characteristics and features that will create interest and draw the eye. Place rocks strategically in conjunction with other elements of your landscape. Rocks that are too big will draw attention away from your landscape making it stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. If it’s too small, then it will slip past the eyes of others and appear as a poor afterthought rather than an enduring feature of your garden.
  • Select the right plants – To tie both the rocks and plants together, you need to put careful thought into the type of plants that you would install in your garden. Complement the colors of the plants with the colors of the rocks so that they will be a good contrast.
  • Pay close thought to the final resting place – Rocks need to studied beforehand in order to determine which end will be buried and then the depth to which it should be buried. You also need to consider the direction it should be facing, given its size and type. The most interesting part of the rock should be placed properly so that it creates a vantage point from where it can be seen. Most probably, you can place rocks so that it can be viewed from outside like a sidewalk or road. It can also be placed on a pathway or driveway of your property. As we all know, rocks don’t just mysteriously appear in your garden from nowhere. So don’t just plonk them right in the middle which will definitely give an artificial appearance to the landscape.
  • Get the location right the first time – The greatest challenge lies in moving the rock or rocks into plant. You should never underestimate this part as it’s difficult to do right off the bat, depending on its size. There is no way you move a boulder by yourself. Unlike plants and shrubs, it’s impossible to relocate huge rocks from one place to another so get the location right the first time itself. You can even consult with a landscape designer so that the results are what you are looking for.

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