5 Amazing Tips for Landscaping Boulders

Are you looking to improve your home’s curb appeal?

There are many ways to go about doing that. But few of them are as easy and nearly instantaneous as using landscaping boulders and rocks.

Plus, they’re an effective way to prevent erosion and help to retain moisture in garden beds while adding that desired curb appeal.

Interested? We’ll take a look at five tips on how to landscape with rocks and boulders to get you started.

1. Select the Best Location

The first thing to consider is how the boulder will get to the location you choose. That means you want to ensure there’s a clear route from the road to the spot.

It’s going to take some heavy equipment to place the boulder so the pathway should not include a septic field or any pathway or area that could be easily damaged.

You’ll also need to be sure you’re not placing a large boulder on top of underground lines, pipes, septic tanks or fields.

Also, check to ensure that the desired placement will not restrict access to emergency personnel or public utility lines.

Finally, consider any future plans you may have for your home and be sure that the boulder placement will not impact them. 

2. Let the Shapes Dictate Boulder Arrangement

If you can’t easily determine which side of a boulder is up and which is down, you’re not alone!

But the shape is going to dictate whether the boulder will be upright or on its side. It’s helpful if you can work with professionals who have a lot of experience working with rocks and boulders, as they can often instinctively make that determination.

Professional landscapers will also be able to look at your current landscaping and help you decide the number and type of boulders that will work best in your yard. 

3. Use Them for a Retaining Wall

If you have a significant or even minor change of elevation in your yard, you need a retaining wall to keep the water from damaging your yard or house.

Boulders are a much more natural-looking alternative to retaining walls.

If the change in elevation is slight, a single row of boulders could do the truck.

For yards with more extreme changes in elevation, boulders and rocks can be buried and positioned in such a way to level your yard and make it less prone to erosion. 

4. Utilize Landscaping Boulders in Garden Beds

Lining garden beds with small boulders and rocks not only adds beauty to your plants and flowers, but it also breaks up the yard to provide more focal interest.

Adding boulders will also lessen the amount of mowing you need to do while providing some extra moisture retention for your garden beds.

5. Use a Gravel and Concrete Base to Avoid Settling

Regardless of how or where you use boulders, it’s a good idea to position them on a bed of gravel and concrete.

This will ensure the boulders stay in position and don’t shift or settle. 

Does Your Landscaping Rock?

(See what we did there? Lol!) If you’re ready to boost curb appeal by adding landscaping boulders, contact us today. 

Our professionals can guide you on the best choices for rocks and boulders to fit your specific needs.

We can help you landscape with boulders!

We have a great assortment of colors and sizes and can help you choose the right size and style for your landscape design.

Want to read more about landscaping with boulders?

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