Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hardscape – Oh that’s Hardscape - Landscape Boulders

Landscape boulders can add year round interest to your yard without maintenance issues. Boulders will never need to be trimmed, they don’t die and you will never have to fertilize them to keep them looking their best.

There are several kinds of landscape boulders that are avaible. Check out you local rock yard for the varieties avaible in your area. Here in the Boise area, the most common boulders are, Table Rock Sandstone because of Table Rock, but there are several varieties of boulders avaible, it all depends upon what you like.

When installing boulders in a naturalistic manner, it is important to bury 1/4-1/3 of the landscape boulder, to make sure it does not like they just fell out of passing truck and rolled into your yard. Some boulders have a natural depression and these can be used to collect water and act as a bird bath or top soil could be added and it could turn into a small planting pocket. Boulders can be installed in a naturalistic manner or they can be used in a more dramatic manner, by installing them vertically like columns rising from the ground.

Landscape boulders will add winter interest and a nice textural contrast to plants but they can also be used to tie in with other natural stone elements in your yard, like steps and walls.

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