Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

3 Ways To Use Rock To Liven Up Your Landscape

Lee Hunt

If your yard looks a bit disheveled and lacking in personality, you may be wondering what you can do to give it some texture to really liven up your space. Decorative rock is one way you can turn areas of your yard into beautiful showpieces without having to plant new foliage or change the general design of your yard. Here are 3 ways you can use rock to give your landscape some pizazz.

Garden plots

If you have flower garden areas near your porch or along your fence line, you can use small river rock to help manage theses spaces, give them color, and keep weeds at bay. Small washed rock in natural hues of brown, black, tan, gray, and white provide a beautiful surrounding for your planted roses, potted flowers, or other decorative plants. Larger garden areas, such as those along your fence or or driveway, can benefit from larger, rough-cut rock to add texture and provide a pretty dimension to your yard that you can enjoy.

Space definition

A large yard can often feel bare, especially if it has trees in some areas and open spaces in most of the yard. Define your space by choosing stunning decorative boulders to place in front of decorative trees or along your driveway. There are many different types of large rock you can choose from to give your landscape personality and flair, such as:

  • Mexican driftwood
  • sandstone
  • flagstone
  • river boulders

Boulders come in many textures, from sleek and smooth flagstone or marble to rougher styles including lava and slab designs. You can stack thin boulders on top of each other or allow larger rock to stand on its own. To create greater landscape depth, combine stacked and stand-alone decorative rock around existing foliage to fill space beautifully and create a focal point in your yard.

Driveway pizazz

Upgrade your classic dirt or asphalt driveway by tossing a few layers of decorative rock on top. Small, red lava rock, rough-cut granite, or inexpensive road base can all be wonderful additions to your driveway to update your landscape in a large way. Talk to your contractor about having large loads of rock delivered that they can evenly grade over your existing driveway for a lasting finish.

Decorative rock has many uses in the yard, and you can upgrade your existing landscape in large ways by making a few small additions. A contractor from a company like A & A Materials can help you find many ways to use small, medium, or large decorative rock in your yard to give it the flair it needs.