Tips On How To Place Decorative Rocks In Yards
While placing decorative rocks and boulders in your landscaping isn't rocket science, there are a few tips that can help them blend better with the surrounding landscape and make them look like a more natural part of it. Often, one of those things that are unseen in a design but just seems out of place, properly placed decorative rocks and boulders have more impact than you might think.
So here's a simple little tip that will help you avoid a common mistake that do it yourselfers make using landscaping rocks and boulders in their yard. Actually, I see professionals do this as well.
Accent boulders can add a lot interest, impact, and character to your landscape. They can even add a second or third level to your yard without actually having to create an elevated area such as a berm or raised planter. Another tip here is that some of the most catchy and appealing landscapes have more than one level. Just thought I would throw that in.
However, accent boulders need to be made a "part" of the landscape. Here's what I mean:
Most people take landscape rocks and just lay them on top of the ground as though they've just been thoughtlessly placed around with no intentional method to the placement. This usually looks unnatural and out of place.
Try burying the bottom of the rock into the ground just a bit and see the difference it makes. Of course, the depth depends on the size of the rock you use.
Simply dig out a little under where the boulder is to be set and place your ground cover around it.
This will give a more natural look as it would appear in nature. It also leaves a little to the imagination. There's no telling how big the decorative rock actually is or if it was really there to begin with.
For fake rocks and other resources, see Landscaping Rock Resources.