Laying Landscape Stones on a Slope

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Laying landscaping stones on a slope requires you to dig down to a specific depth to avoid problems later on. Learn about laying landscape stones on a slope with help from a home design professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Thomas Lowe and I'm a landscape designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, I will be giving you some tips on laying landscape stones on a slope. Now whether it's cantaloupe size, softball size, or even, you know, in this case a much larger size landscape stone, I would, first of all you can always go and use you know, some heavy equipment like bobcats and things like that, however if you don't have access to your back yard for heavy equipment then you know, you can always use a landscape cart or large wheelbarrow to move some of these larger stones. And even stones that are a little smaller than that you can use dollies, landscape carts and wheelbarrows for areas that's not accessible with the heavy equipment. Now, one of the tips with the landscape stones is if you want a natural effect and to really make it look more natural, as we did here with this large boulder, is to go in, and I really like to use these square shovels because you can get a good definitive line and good edge, to go back in and just dig out an area in the back on the slope, and then come in in the front and scoop the soil out and then just set the boulder down into the hole. You can take the excess dirt you dig out of this hole and then you can just comb around the edges and on top, or use it in other areas of your garden. And even throw some sort of in the back on top of it of the stone and therefore it gives more of a natural look, like it's been there for quite some time, rather than just laying the stone on the ground, which doesn't look as natural. If you're going to be stacking several stones or smaller stones or even larger stones, you may want to start out with small one a little farther down in the ground and then go back with another stone just over the top of this stone to kind of give an overlapping effect. And then you continue your stair step up if you're laying a lot of stones on a slope, so it locks together. But if it's more of a natural type of landscape stone on a slope I highly recommend to dig into the ground and then also take some other smaller ones and put sort of around the stone and then that gives more of a natural effect. But I would put them in different sizes and different lengths apart as you would see in nature. I hope this has been a helpful tip for you, my name is Thomas Lowe and I'm a landscape designer in Atlanta, Georgia.

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