I have never been a natural gardener. For years, I struggled to keep basic houseplants alive, only to kill them at the first opportunity. It was difficult and stressful to buy a home with a yard, but I knew that I might be able to learn what I was doing wrong and correct the problem. To start off, I focused heavily on the lawn, and tried hard to keep it trimmed and well-maintained. Next, I cleaned up the flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but I knew that it would pay off in the end. When I was done, my front yard was gorgeous, and guess what--it even stayed alive. This blog is all about loving your little landscape.
If you're in the process of handling the landscaping for your backyard, then it is important that you consider using brick and stone. These are two wonderful materials that are durable as well as attractive. They can also be used in a very flexible manner which allows for multiple design choices.
Below are three of the main ways you can use brick and stone in your landscaping plans.
A Brick Walkway for Your Garden
Bricks are a wonderful addition to your garden. They are perfect for creating a quaint walkway through your garden so that guests and family members can walk by flowers and plants and admire the scenery. The benefit to using brick is that it can be used to create a nice winding path and you can also lay it down without a lot of effort. Bricks can be placed directly into ground soil, or you can use a sand or gravel base. They don't have to be set with mortar or cement if you are only using them for a garden path.
A Stone Retaining Wall
Many landscaping designs call for a retaining wall. These walls are perfect for preventing soil erosion as well as improving the look of your property. While some professional landscapers will want to come in and use large blocks, an alternative idea is to use stone for your retaining wall. The look of natural stone is a wonderful way to make the retaining wall match the natural look of your property. It harkens back to old-fashioned retaining walls made with fieldstone which dot the countryside in many small towns around the country.
A Natural Stone Gardening Border
If you have a nice garden in your backyard, then it might be a fun idea to use natural stone as a border instead of those plastic garden borders that you see sold in home improvement stores.
The use of natural stone has several benefits when you are gardening. Natural stone is superior to plastic and wood because it does not break down due to the elements. Soil corrodes wood, and even plastic begins to deteriorate after long exposure to moisture and sun.
Another benefit to using stone is that it blends in with the natural environment of your garden's landscape more than artificial plastic edging or wooden strips. You can buy natural stones to use for your garden and install them yourself, but you can also consult with a stonework service that will come in and install a specially designed natural stone barrier for you.Share