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Three Ways To Use Decorative Rock In Your Landscaping

by April Carlson

Landscaping your yard means more than adding a few flowers or bushes to your property. You can get creative with your landscaping by incorporating decorative rock to add beauty and curb appeal to your property. Here are just a few of the many unique options for adding decorative rock to your yard.

Rock Rain Gutters

Gutters and downspouts can channel water into your lawn, which can saturate the soil. Consider using decorative rock to create a path for water to flow to the street, which can help to keep the water away while creating the look of a babbling brook on rainy days. For this project, you'll want to have your contractor excavate a path starting under your downspout. Fill it with washed river rocks or other natural stones to give your project a beautiful look. For a more modern design, line each side of the rock with bricks.

Modern Rock Garden

If you live in an area that doesn't see much rainfall or where there are strict rules about watering your lawn, you may want to consider replacing your sod with a rock garden. Traditional designs simply include filling in the yard with decorative rock, but a more modern take on this idea can create a stunning new look for your property. Consider having your contractor create a grid on the lawn using wood or concrete, and fill in each section of the grid with decorative stone in alternating colors or styles. This creates the look of tile from a distance and gives a colorful and modern appearance. To add a bit of greenery, plant bushes or shrubs that don't require a lot of water at the center of each square on the grid.

Rock Border For Swimming Pools

Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, decorative rock can offer the perfect finishing touch for your outdoor space. Have your contractor excavate a strip of land around your above-ground pool and fill it in with rock to provide a place for guests to step when getting out of the water. This gives them a place to dry off without having to worry about grass becoming stuck to their feet. For in-ground pools, use the decorative rock to create a border around the concrete for a sleek finishing touch.

Decorative rock can be used in countless ways on your property. Talk to your contractor about the different colors and styles available, and create a design that adds beauty to your property.