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4 Tips For Using Decaorative Rocks In A Landscape

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Decorative rock products allow landscapers to achieve a wide range of looks for a property. If you're thinking about using such rocks to give your outdoor spaces more life, follow these four tips to make the most of them.

Pick the Right Size for the Right Job

A decorative rock might be a single boulder that eats up a lot of space. Conversely, you can also find landscaping rocks that come in very small sizes down to gravel. If you're looking for a featured player to dominate a space, the big rocks may be the way to go. On the other hand, a field of smaller rocks can be very interesting, providing texture, variation, and color. Likewise, smaller rocks often have practical benefits, especially in places that require drainage.

Function Comes First

Placing an impractical rock or field of rocks in an area can create more problems than it solves. If you have a walkway that's bordered by a gigantic boulder, for example, it can become an inconvenience to people who are walking through or trying to move stuff around. You might like the boulder right up until you need it out of the way.

Bear in mind, though, that form and function don't have to be at war with each other. If you're installing pavers, the right decorative rock can easily do double duty.

Consider Visual Impact

Much of the decision-making process revolves around how much impact the rock will have on the surrounding landscape. A solid boulder with little texture or color variation, for example, isn't going to do a lot in a landscape with no trees or bushes. It's just going to be the big plain thing in the big plain space.

Contrasts often work well for impact. If you have a noisy space full of stuff, a plain-looking decorative rock can calm things down. Similarly, a very visually active rock with a mixture of colors, layers, and swirls can add some pep to a boring area.


Rocks come in all shapes and sizes, and each has its virtues. Worn-down river stones, for example, tend to have a calm quality visually. Likewise, there usually weather well because they've already been through a lot. Chipped rocks and lava stones, on the other hand, are likely to provide more texture and color to a landscape. If you're trying to make a straight line in a garden look more interesting, a busier shape of rock can break things up.

Contact a company like A & A Materials to learn more.