Boulders make a great accent to a landscape for their natural, timeless appeal. They complement the soft greens in your yard and can even be used as an extra seating spot. However, using rocks and boulders for designing your landscape also has its challenges. When not properly placed, boulders can pose a safety threat. Here are few things you may want to consider before using rocks and boulders for your landscape.
Boulders can be costly. You’d want to make sure you’re getting what you paid for. Choose boulders and rocks that blend naturally to those already existing in your yard, should there be any.
Location is crucial. Think carefully where you’re placing the boulder. Relocating the boulder would need assistance from professionals who have the necessary equipment to carry out the task.
Manpower is required. When not handled property, transporting boulders to your landscape can present safety hazards. Note that the cost involved in landscaping with boulders and rocks comes from the labor it requires to move them. With that, it would be practical to order from a local company than have the items shipped at a longer distance. Also, the condition in the project location is another factor that can impact the cost of the project. For instance, if the pathways wouldn’t allow the equipment to pass through, then rocks will have to be carried by hand where you intend to place it. This means longer work hours, and more manpower necessary to get the project started.
Installation should look natural. Maintain balance when you’re using boulders for your landscape. See to it that the boulder doesn’t overwhelm the house and its surrounding environment.
- Consider that boulders, in their natural habitat, are usually found in groups, and not out alone.
- Lay the boulders so that a third of their body is buried and not look as though they’re only sitting on top of the ground.
- Be careful when placing boulders in sloping or steep areas. Seek professional help to ensure the boulders hold up.
- When arranging tall boulders for your landscape, set the wider part in the ground, and the more narrow area facing upward. For wide boulders, meanwhile, let the flat side face upward.
Professional contractors can help you plan a design that works with your budget, without taking a toll on aesthetics. They know how to make a boulder installation look natural, whether you want it added to your garden, swimming pool, or backyard pond and waterfall.