Natural Stones can be used in a variety of ways when designing the layout for your yard. Whether you decide to use them in developing a pond, establishing walkways, or building a rustic wall, here are some tips to get you started:
1. THINK BIG It’s important that you consider the entire area available to you for hardscaping before you design an element, even if you’re just tackling one space for now. It would be a shame to build a beautiful pond only to realize it will not work with the patio you desire a year later.
2. DON’T FORGET MOTHER NATURE. Drainage, run-off and erosion can easily be fixed with the proper placement of stones by constructing a retaining wall, rain garden or a walkway. However, what is often the best solutions to these tricky landscape dilemmas, can do a number on one’s yard if you don’t take them into account and carefully plan your natural space.
3. BLEND your stones into the space. A large boulder dropped right on top of the ground may end up looking like a dinosaur egg. Using stones that are large enough to fill the space is important, by buring them deep enough they look like a naturally-occurring element. Work with the natural lines of the space by including curves to transition gracefully into the rest of the landscape.
4. STOCK UP on whatever material you decide to use, brick, stone or another material. By buying a little more than you need for the project, you’ll be able to use the extra materials to accent other parts of your yard creating a more unified finished product.
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