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How to Make a Rock Garden

If you are bored of the landscape of your front yard, you might want to convert it into a rock garden. With a little bit of planning and forethought, it can be a very rewarding experience. First of all, you need to determine whether you want a waterfall or not.

This is a personal preference, so start here first and then decide if you would like to build a rock garden bridge or not. Then you can move on to deciding the plants that will best suit your rock garden.

When digging your rock garden or if you are building a new one, keep in mind that the type of rocks that you choose will affect how the garden looks and feels. Dig up any weeds and other unwanted vegetation along the slope you plan to use for the garden, as well as the surrounding area.

Then do a soil test to see if your soil drains properly and so forth. It is best to keep from planting anything too close together as you may have unexpected results. Also keep in mind that you want to have the flexibility of changing the rocks as needed.

When deciding on what type of rocks – river rocks, field stones or boulders – to use, try to match the climate of your location to achieve the look you are going for. If you live in a place with cold climates, then you may want to select colder rock options. You may also want to put bedding plants in your rock garden.

Conversely, if you live in a hot, sunny location then lighter colored rocks or boulders might work better for your project. There are even times when using lighter colors actually makes the rocks fall in place. Be sure to take into consideration how much sun exposure your chosen rocks will get and where they will be placed.

Another aspect of the rocks you choose to incorporate into your rock garden is how the focal point will relate to water. A rock that is placed near a body of water will be subject to being destroyed by run off. If you are putting in a rock fountain, then it needs to be placed near a body of water.

On the other hand, if you are only adding a rock bench or small rock table then you do not need to worry about this issue at all.

The placement of your water features in a rock garden will also play a key role in your overall design. Waterfalls are a great way to feature your rock garden. If you are not familiar with how to make a rock garden waterfall, then these steps should help. For starters, you need to have a flat surface that you can set up your waterfall on.

If you are unable to do this, then you should consider using a concrete block or wooden board. Once you have this down, then you can move on to deciding where you want the water to go.

You can add a path by building steps up to your waterfall; however, if you are going to do this, you will need to make sure that you have somewhere to put a staircase. Another option would be to build an access ramp that will allow people to walk directly onto your rock garden.

The only issue with this option is that you will need to be aware of where you are going to put the stairs. In some cases, you may not want to put stairs in an area that is prone to flooding. For example, if you are going to put a waterfall in an area that might get flooding, you may want to check to see if there is something that can be done to prevent any flooding in the area.

There are a few other options for water features, but the two main ones are to have a waterfall and to put in a rock basin. If you are going for a real authentic look, then you may want to have both a waterfall and rock basin put in.

This will give your garden the appearance of being part of a mountain. Not only does this add a natural look, it also adds the element of real flow to the rocks that you place in the basin.

After you have laid out all of these elements, you will be ready to sit down and take a look at your rock garden. You can either have someone design it for you, or you can come up with your own designs. With a little bit of creativity, you will be able to come up with a rock garden that is unique and different from anyone else’s.

You should make sure that you place all of your water features carefully so that they do not dry out. This will ensure that the water stays clean and will continue to look great for years to come.

By DianeAshley, September 10, 2020 I love all things home and garden, DIY and renovation is my passion and I love creating detailed how to guides.  When I put my tape measure away I can usually be found out walking my dogs or enjoying life with my friends.


I love all things home and garden, DIY and renovation is my passion and I love creating detailed how to guides.  When I put my tape measure away I can usually be found out walking my dogs or enjoying life with my friends.

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