Landscaping Block Ideas

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Homeowners and professional landscapers use landscaping blocks for outdoor projects that serve functional yet decorative purposes, such as a raised planting bed, stylish pathway, compost pile, retaining wall and yard edging. These blocks are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and material, with textures that resemble bricks, stone or concrete. Select the one that suits your needs and blends with the surrounding. Remember to provide each block a secure footing prior to installation.

Decorative Pathway

  • Create a decorative pathway or walkway that leads guests from the gate to the porch or front door. Although wood, dirt and gravel are common choices, use landscape blocks for a straight or slightly curved path that is easy to maintain and gives a manicured and neat appearance to the surrounding landscape. Dig a 4-foot-wide and 2-inch-deep trench from the gate to the front porch, and rake it smooth. Add 1 1/2 inches of sand into it to provide a secure footing for the blocks. Dry fit a block evenly over the sand to determine appropriate depth. Add or remove sand accordingly over the area so that the top of the block is in level with the surrounding turf grass. Depending on personal taste, lay parallel rows of blocks or place individually spaced blocks evenly apart over the sand. A 4-foot-wide walkway allows two people to walk side by side along the path; however, adjust width according to your needs.

Landscaping Walls

  • Increase the appearance of your garden with a landscaping wall that breaks the monotony of grass and adds height variety. Build it in a particular corner to enhance privacy or next to your neighbor’s property as a decorative boundary wall. Place potted plants on top, or grow climbing plants near it that cover the wall with varied texture, form and color in time, enhancing visual interest.

    Dig a 7- to 8-inch-deep trench in the area where you want to build the wall. Keep it as wide as a landscape block. Level the base, and pour an even 2- to 3-inch layer of gravel into it to improve drainage. Dry stack rows of landscaping blocks over the gravel until it is the desired height. Landscaping blocks are heavy and do not need mortar to bind them together; however, apply a thin and even layer at the base of each block for walls higher than 4 feet.

Raised Garden Bed

  • Create one or multiple raised garden beds to add rustic charm to the area and counter non-availability of or poor quality garden soil. Decide the desired bed’s shape and size. Remove weeds, plant debris and stones or rocks from the selected spot, and discard. Level the area, and dry stack two to four rows of landscaping blocks directly over one another in the desired shape.

    For added decoration, stack a layer of pavers in front of the landscape blocks. Add good quality topsoil behind and inside the blocks and grow tall or cascading flowers or plants. Grow trailing plants around the corners so that they cascade as they grow to cover the blocks with foliage and flowers for contrast.

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