Designing the landscaping is one of the funnest — and hardest — aspects of purchasing brand-new home. That's because you're starting from scratch, and the canvas is blank. Now that you're faced with the daunting task of designing your new yard, don't forget to add decorative rock to the design palette. Decorative rock isn't just for providing ground covering for large expanses of space. Decorative rock can also be used to create uniquely beautiful design features in your yard. Here are just three of the steps you can take to add beauty to your yard using decorative rock.
Create Dry Creeks for Flood Control
If your new home is located on a flood plain, you've got to prepare for the flow. The last thing you want is to have your new yard destroyed by the first torrential rain that comes through. Installing rain gutters on your home will take care of some of the problem, but you're going to need more. That's where decorative rock comes in handy. You can use decorative rock to create dry creek beds that will allow water to flow away from your home, while also providing a touch of natural beauty to your yard. To make sure you place your dry creeks in the right locations throughout the yard, take a look at the dirt. You'll see grooves in the dirt where the water has etched a path. Follow those paths to create your dry creeks.
Use Rock Instead of Mulch Around Your Trees
If you're going to plant trees in your yard, you may be planning on using mulch as a ground cover. Mulch does a good job of protecting your trees by preventing soil erosion and ensuring proper moisture absorption. However, it does have its drawbacks. When you use mulch, you have to accept that the color will fade and the wind will blow it all over your yard. That's why you should choose decorative rock for around your trees. The decorative rock will look beautiful year after year. Not only that, but it will also ensure proper moisture absorption, and the wind won't blow it away.
Incorporate Larger Rocks for a Dynamic Look
If you're going to be using decorative rock in your landscaping, don't forget to incorporate larger rocks for a more dynamic look. Placing larger rocks throughout your yard, especially in those large, open spaces, will add beauty to the design.