One of the best ways to enhance any landscaping plan is to include a Stone Wall or two. Whether you chose to use natural stone or manufactured blocks, the effect is unique and impressive. Few yards can’t profit by having areas marked off or raised for dramatic effect, and using stone makes those boundaries more defined.
Some of the things you can create include a retaining wall, a raised bed or border, for a complete range of ideas you can contact your local home supply store. Manufactured blocks are easier to use and appear more formal in the yard. Manufactured blocks come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. They are designed to fit together in a specific way that ensures their stability.
You can delineate an area that is specific as a planting bed with a low line of blocks or stone. Within a low bed you can plant shrubs and trees. If you want to make a raised bed simply use several rows of stone. Raised beds are particularly good for flowers and vegetable plantings. Once you build the wall you add soil and amendments before planting, these beds usually have fewer weeds as well.
Formal Stone Walls have been used for thousands of years to delineate borders, to create field boundaries and to help retain soil and water. If you wander through the forests of New England you will come across the remains of such walls everywhere. In older parts of the world you will find Stone Walls scaling hills to create terraces that allow people to plant in areas that otherwise would not be farmed. In most landscaping plans this kind of wall isn’t necessary, but the effect is still attractive.
Natural stone used in Stone Walls is harder to work with but produces a truly unique wall each time. It is best to get a selection of sizes of stone, since that allows you to create a more stable wall in the end. Building a wall is an art form. Fitting the stones together can take a few tries, but the result, when you achieve a proper stone wall that is stable and strong is truly your remarkable.
By contacting a local landscape supply store you can get a complete range of ideas for using both natural and manufactured stone. Many such centers can also provide building services and design services that help you bring your dreams onto the page and into your yard. It takes some planning to design something that is harmonious with the curves and flow of your yard. Once a plan is determined you can decide if you want to do the work yourself or have someone else come and do it.
Stone Walls are a good addition to any yard. They are relatively easy to create and last virtually for ever.