Landscape rock

You’re almost there! Spread landscape rock last after you have your landscape in place. Use light colored rock for large areas and dark colored rock for accents. There are lots of colors to choose from (with cheesy names like “desert spice”).

Walking areas use smaller size rock. 1″ or 2″ is great for covering overall landscape. Minus refers to rock that has smaller pieces mixed in. Use larger rocks in river beds and as accents. I love boulders, but I probably won’t add any until I’m sure my landscape isn’t going to change.

Rocks make great xeriscape landscaping accents because they use no water. Here are some different rock uses:

  • Faux river beds
  • All over mulch
  • Boulders dotting the landscape (bury the bottom third of the boulder to look more natural)
  • Flagstone paving or stepping stones
  • Medium sized rocks lining a pathway of crushed granite (forest trail style)
  • Stone fountain or sculpture
  • Stone bench
  • Rock retaining wall
Rock landscaping boulders

Natural-looking boulders used on a hillside.

Rock landscaping retaining wall

Cemented rock retaining wall with rock-studded hill

Rock landscaping terracing

Rock terracing, possibly for erosion control.

Rock landscaping boulder edging

Boulders edge a raised planting area and walkway.

Rock landscaping boulders

Huge boulders

Rock landscaping line pathway

Landscaping rock lines a gravel pathway.



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