When you think of landscaping for your Hamilton or Burlington home, you will likely be thinking of grass, plants, flowers and trees. It’s not very often that rocks are thought of as part of someone’s landscaping plans – but they can add to your home’s exterior look and help build up an otherwise boring yard. Here’s some more information and a few ideas to consider for landscaping with rocks this summer. 

Why use rocks for Landscaping?

Rocks come in all shapes and sizes – from tiny stones to massive markers on your front yard. You can use them in a creative way to decorate your space or even to create an address marker for your front yard, so guests will know which house is yours. 

Best kinds of landscaping rocks

As mentioned, rocks come in all shapes and sizes and even materials, but that doesn’t mean that all of them are going to work with landscaping or even be the right type of rock for landscaping. The following are some rock types you might consider: 

Decomposed Granite

Decomposed granite has been worn down into tiny pieces. It is best used for pavement when doing a project yourself. It comes in a variety of different colours and it’s budget-friendly for those who are just getting started with landscaping. 

Crushed Granite

Crushed Granite will be larger than the decomposed granite and have earthy tones or colours. Many Hamilton homeowners use crushed granite as a buffer between their plants/gardens and walkways because it looks so natural and helps blend the two components together. 

The downside to crushed granite is that it can get more expensive than other options; however, if installed and maintained properly – with proper drainage – it can last a long time, so you won’t have to replace it every summer. 

River Rocks

River Rocks are smooth all around because they have had all their hard edges worn away due to prolonged exposure to running water. They are not functional rocks, but they are fantastic as a feature in anyone’s garden. 

River rocks are usually not overly big, but you can get them in various sizes. Some homeowners use river rocks instead of mulch around the bases of trees because, unlike mulch, these rocks won’t break down over time.  

The initial investment to use river rocks instead of other rocks can be a little more, but you won’t have to replace them every spring/summer like you would with new mulch. 

Lava Rocks

Lava Rocks are made out of lava that crystalized as the lava cooled. They are incredibly affordable when compared to some other types of rocks, and they easily allow water to flow around them, so they work well if you have a water feature in your garden. 

 Additionally, lava rocks act as a wonderful barrier against weeds and bugs, so if you want to keep pests out of your garden, then using lava rocks is a great option! 

Contact Evergreen Landscapes today

Do you have a landscaping project that you would like to incorporate rocks into? If so, our premium landscapers in Burlington and Hamilton can help. Call us today to arrange for a consultation.