Landscaping rocks come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. They can be real or artificial. Crushed rock or crushed aggregates are nothing more than larger rocks broken either on purpose for landscaping use or by accident in the mining of the rocks or in the natural aging process. More and more people use crushed rock as a landscaping base, and rock gardens have even become more popular for easy maintenance landscaping.
Rock gardens and landscaping rock were traditionally used only for large plantations and gardens, where acre upon acre was available for public viewing. Kings and the wealthy would use rock to add color and dimension to their views from balconies, and from the balconies of their guests to impress them. They would also create
mazes in their acreage and use the rock as a pathway. Today, with the average homeowner having a substantially smaller piece of land to call her own, landscaping aggregates have become more widely used.
Using Landscape Rock to Add Color
Landscape rocks, when used on or around decks, add color and dimension to an otherwise drab exterior. They can be added to a border as weed control and as an accent color to the greenery or flowers they surround. They can also be mortared onto a wall to add accent to the deck walls, or the flooring of the deck, as long as extra support is added to the structure supporting the deck's extra weight. Many people have begun using the crushed rock in patterns on deck walls as sort of a collage effect. If you use flower boxes on or around your deck walls, crushed rock can be added as a weed inhibitor or simply as an aid to keep the neighbor's cat out of your boxes.
Crushed Rock to Aid in Drainage
On a sloping landscape, many people use retaining walls as a terrace look to make it easier to walk around the property. They will add crushed rock either as an accent or upon which to walk, making the need for grass unnecessary. This is another way to add crushed aggregate to benefit the appearance from a deck or patio. The main benefit in using rock in this instance is water run-off. The soil under the rock is absorbent, and the rock itself provides great drainage for the water, so the water will virtually disappear as the rain falls. Also, if rainwater does stand in the area, the rock will provide a barrier from the mud beneath.
To Update Your Deck Area
Landscape rock is very good for hiding bad areas in your deck or yard surrounding. If there is sun wear or water damage in your decking, after fixing the drainage issue causing the problem, landscape rock can hide the worn-looking area. This can be a less expensive way to update a dated deck as well. As a simple new coat of paint can update the look of a room, a new color of rock can update the look of any landscaped area.
Many environmentally sound places have begun using landscape rock as a base for trails and pathways, using larger flat types of rocks as the walking surface, and smaller, more compacted stone underneath as the base. This has spilled into the private sector of enthusiasts as well, making small pathways become a norm in personal designs. Using mortared landscape rock on the stair treads to and from a deck and possibly on the walls can make the pathways blend into the whole look of the area. The uses for crushed stone in landscaping on and around your deck are great, and only depend on how far your imagination can reach.
- Photo Credit "Decorative garden cobbles" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Crinklecrankle.com (James Turner) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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