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Procedures to Design Landscape Stone

Updated:2013-12-19 10:53:24

Incorporating stone into a landscape gives it a natural look, timeless style, and sense of permanence. Stones have been used in building and landscaping for thousands of years. There are countless ways to use natural stone in a landscape, and many stones from which to choose. Using stone indigenous to the area, however, is the most economical option and looks the most natural in the surrounding landscape.

                                                        

Stone Paths
A stone path that meanders through perennials, shrubs and trees showcases the greenery and invites visitors to stroll through the garden. For a pleasing crunch underfoot, a simple gravel path suffices. For a rustic look, fieldstone blends into the natural surroundings. Creeping thyme, moss or mulch fills in the cracks between the stones and keeps weeds to a minimum. For a more formal pathway, cut stone of uniform size and shape, or cobblestone salvaged from old roads can be used.
Stone Walls
A well-built stone wall, with or without mortar, can last for generations. Stone walls provide a focal point in the landscape, showcasing a second tier of planting in the yard. Built around a patio or outdoor sitting area, they provide a sense of enclosure. The most economical and easiest stone wall to build is fieldstone, which is easily laid without mortar to form what is known as a dry-stacked wall.
Stone Steps
Stone steps traversing a gentle slope direct visitors from streetside to porch, or from patio to garden. The largest, flattest and thickest mosaic slabs of stone make the most stable steps. Limestone, bluestone, or cut and stacked sandstone are good options. Stone steps are not only ornamental, they also help prevent erosion.
Edging
Stone is a natural option for edging gardens, ponds and waterfalls in a landscape. Any shape, style or size of stone lends itself to edging. Use the same type of stone elsewhere in the landscape for a cohesive look. For a dry stream, often used in Asian-style gardens, use large rocks or boulders as edging. River rock, gravel or other small stones inside represents the water. A dry steam that takes a gently curving, meandering path looks the most natural.

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