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Newsletter #602

Landscape Design and Gardening Newsletter
06-20-03 Issue#602
Written by Steve Boulden
Owner of S&S Designed Landscaping,LLC

Welcome to this issue of your landscape design newsletter.

Along with the detailed information on our site, this newsletter is intended to give you simple tips and tricks to enhance and simplify your landscape and gardening experience.

Most of the information in this newsletter is actual answers to problems and questions that we deal with everyday as professional contractors and designers. Sometimes it may seem too basic but keep in mind that landscape design is just a lot of basics tied together to create a whole. Eventually we'll cover all of it.

I do hope you enjoy and get something out of this issue.


  • Landscape Tips - Properly Using accent boulders in the landscape
  • Garden Tips - Soil Testing And Organics

LANDSCAPE TIPS - Properly Using Accent Boulders In Landscaping

Some of the simplest things can make the biggest difference in your landscape.

Today I'll give you a simple little tip that will help you avoid a common mistake that do it yourselfers make while using accent rocks and boulders in landscaping.

Actually, I see professionals do this as well.

Accent boulders can add a lot interest, impact, and character to your design plans. They can even add a second or third level to your landscape without actually creating a new elevation.

NOTE: Really catchy and appealing landscape designs often have more than one level.

However, accent boulders need to be made a part of the landscape to create the most effect. Here's what I mean:

Most people just place landscape rocks directly on top of the ground. This appears like they've just been thoughtlessly placed around with no intentional method to the placement.

This adds nothing to the landscape and actually takes away from it.

Burrying the bottom of the same rock can make an amazing difference. You can bury up to a third of the boulder depending on its size.

Simply dig out a little under where the boulder is to be set, place it and place your ground cover around it. You'll see the difference it makes. I've even seen boulders used like this in front yards as a solitary design element. It looks very interesting with boulders popping up here and there throughout the landscape.

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 rock actually is or if it was really there to begin with.

Also, if you're using more than one boulder, using the same type and color match will help create unity in the landscape. Using different types and color match will create an interesting contrast (some of the time). Experiment a little.



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  • Garden Tips - Soil Testing And Organics
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