The Rock Landscaper


Country MoonMy husband is a landscaper, not by profession but rather by destiny. When we bought our home 22 years ago we had a three-and-a-half acre lot with virtually no yard. The grass was only mown (and I use that term loosely) past the garage far enough for the previous owners to get their car in. My husband used a hay mower and then baled 42 bales of grass!

Then the landscaper in him went to work, the only problem was at that time we had no extra dollars to spend. So, he decided to use natural objects where the price was right, mostly free. He found that rocks and driftwood could be used for all sorts of projects such as borders, to cover barren ground where exposed tree roots prevented grass from growing, and as bases for flower pots and such.


Finding rocks can usually be pretty simple if you live in a rural area or venture to one on the weekend. Many farmers have rock piles where they have “picked’ the rocks from their fields. They are usually more than happy for someone to cart them away. Sometimes by driving back roads you can spot rocks in fence rows. Just be sure to ask permission before you take any.


Be picky when choosing your rocks. Since they come in all shapes and sizes, plan where you want to put them. If the intention is to form a border that will hold smaller rocks or bark in place, be sure to choose ones that are large enough to do the job.

8/22/2013 11:22:11 PM

Lois, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. You do have a love for rocks, don't you. Rocks are rather scarce here in Nebraska. There are rock quarries where rocks can be found but normally they are not found just lying around. We do have allot of retaining walls that have used loose limestone rocks but those are slowly transitioning over to the concrete retaining wall blocks. They do look nice and neat but I kind of like the old rugged stone wall look. Things can be planted in the crevices that make it look even better. I'm looking forward to reading more about your landscaping adventures. Have a great day in the yard/garden.

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