Why Big Boulders are Trending for Landscaping

When it comes to landscaping options, natural stone has been a top-seller for years. Flagstone patios, fieldstone retaining walls and various natural stone fire pits are popular in landscaping and outdoor living spaces. Another natural stone element that is trending for landscaping are big boulders. These mammoths of natural stone are versatile and appealing for several uses in landscaping. Here are a few reasons why you should consider boulders for your next landscaping project.

Durable Borders

Boulders can withstand the elements and will last a lifetime. For edging your garden or driveway, they create a durable deterrent to keep vehicles off your turf or planted areas. If they are hit, they will not need repair like a fence or decorative edging material.

No-Maintenance Furniture

Boulders are perfect for seating around fire pits or in garden spaces. Boulders can also be used for displaying potted plants and other decorations. They do not need maintenance and blend in with their natural surroundings. A quick rinse with a hose it all that is needed to keep them clean.

All Shapes and Sizes

You can find small, medium and large boulders in various colors and shapes. Each one is unique and adds a personalized touch to your landscape design. Use smaller boulders to edge a dry creek bed for drainage or to decorate around a garden pond, varying sizes for a natural appearance to your landscaped areas.

There are many creative options for using boulders in your landscaping. Visit your local quarry to find the right boulders for your next landscaping project and enjoy the beauty of using natural stone to improve the overall design of your outdoor spaces.

Posted on behalf of:
Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

Creating a Beautiful Dry Creek Bed for Drainage

If you are tired of watching a small lake form in your yard ever year, it may be time to invest in a drainage solution. One of the most cost effective and aesthetically pleasing options is a dry creek bed. Using natural stone, you can build a meandering creek bed in your yard to divert your excess moisture to a storm drain or pond. Here are some of the basics you need to know.

Start High

You want your creek bed to start where the highest point in your yard is or where you have an obvious source of water run-off. If there is a drainage pipe dumping water onto your yard that is where your creek should begin.

Plan Your Path

The beginning and the end of your creek bed should be predetermined by where the water is coming from and where it needs to go. In between, you have some creative say. A curving creek bed will look more natural than a straight line, so try to give your creek bed some curves.

Choose Your Stone

For the stones, you will want a variety of sizes to create a natural looking creek bed. For the bottom of the bed, you can use smaller river rock like river slicks or surge stone. You will want larger river stones to border your bed and boulders for curves and for hiding the drain pipe that may be the source.

A dry creek bed is a lovely way to add beauty and drainage to your landscaping. To get started creating your new creek bed, contact our local landscape supplier to find the right stones for your project.

Posted on behalf of:
Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617