How to Landscape with Rock Borders


Landscaping projects can take front or back yards from boring to beautiful, and the efforts don't always have to be costly. For example, a simple rock border surrounding a garden or walkway can liven up a landscape with little effort and/or cost. The tools required are minimal as are the skills needed to perform this task from start to finish, but the results will make an impact the entire neighborhood will notice.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Spray paint
  • Garden hose
  • Rocks
  • Measure the area where you'd like to create your rock border. You will either have to find or purchase the rocks needed. If you own land that is laden with rocks of various sizes, haul them to the area where you'll be landscaping.

  • Purchase the rocks at a home and garden store or a landscaping wholesaler. Provide the clerk with the measurements. Take a look at the size and color options for available rocks, and the clerk will help you determine how many rocks you need to purchase.

  • Mark the area where you will create your rock border with spray paint. Using a hoe, cut the ground along the spray paint markings. Dig up the ground where you have marked and cut, using a shovel. Go about 2 to 3 inches in depth.

  • Place the rocks in a uniform pattern in the gulley created by shoveling out the dirt. Press firmly on each rock to be sure it is situated evenly and not rocking back and forth. If the rocks aren't flat on the ground, they are likely to get kicked or rolled out of place, defeating the purpose of an orderly border.

  • Spray water over the rock border once you have each rock in place. Push firmly on each rock once again. The water will create a formation in the dirt around each rock; help to secure each 1 in place and protect the integrity of your new rock border.

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