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How to Use Rocks for Landscaping

Rocks are very versatile elements in landscaping. These can dress up the scene and add more interesting textures and depth to the setting. It easily blends into the scene and complements all the other elements of the scene. However, working with rocks can get a bit labor-intensive, what with all the hauling and moving. Fortunately, all the hard work can pay off in terms of the resulting value and aesthetics that only rocks can give. This site will help you www.landscapeexpertssunnyvale.com

To work with rocks, here are a few basic guidelines:
Measure
Decide where the rocks will be placed. Measure the area in square feet. This will help determine how much rock will be needed.

Mark
Mark the site where the rocks will go and work around it. Mark the rock beds or areas with a rope, spray paint (specially designed to use on turf) or with a good hosing down from a garden hose.

Prepare
Prepare the area for the rock placement. Make a rough edge with a spade, pushing it a few inches deep into the ground.

Remove the top turf so that the rock will be embedded well into the ground. Then remove a little bit of the soil but not too deep to bury too much of the rock. As a general guide, remove 4-6 inches off the soil if laying small rocks like pea gravel. For larger rocks, remove soil that approximates ΒΌ of the rock size. This way, the rock is still very visible but well anchored into the soil.

Rocks will eventually settle into the soil. Bigger ones settle quicker than smaller ones. When rocks settle, they tend to sink deep into the soil. To avoid having rocks getting buried over time, after removing some of the top soil, tamp it down. This will give the rock a firm surface to sit on. To prevent weeds from growing in between the rocks, cover the site with cardboard or old newspaper before laying the rocks.

Lay the rocks
After the site is prepared, time to lay the rocks. Start placing the rocks in the middle (for level ground) or at the bottom (for slopes). Then, work outwards or upwards. Frequently rake the rocks while laying them to even out the rock surface.
After the landscaping, rinse the rocks to remove dust and fine sand to give a good finish.





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