How to Lay Landscape Rock
Alborn Supply Of Ocean County Shares This Article on How to get the best results when Laying Landscape Rock
Rock is one of the quickest ways to dress up your landscape while providing a durable, long-lasting accent. With several colors, sizes, shapes and textures to choose from, you'll find a landscape rock to complement your home or project. Rock gardens, walkways or small patio areas will all benefit from having landscape rock laid down. While the job is often labor-intensive, decorating your landscape with stones is a weekend project that can pay off in both aesthetics and value.
Measure the square footage of the area where the landscape rocks will go. This will help you determine the amount of rock you need.
Mark out your beds using a garden hose, rope or spray paint designed for turf.
Create a rough edge using a spade and pushing the blade several inches into the ground.
Remove the turf where you are going to lay the landscape rock. Several options exist for removing the turf and any weeds including smothering with weed control fabric, spreading herbicides, using a spade or sod-cutter, or tilling.
Remove the soil to a level that will hold your stone. For example, if you are laying small rocks such as pea gravel, you'll need to remove 4 to 6 inches to allow for settling and to get the proper thickness of the rock. For larger rocks such as boulders, remove the soil to approximately one-quarter of the rock's depth.
Tamp down the soil where the rock will go. While larger rocks will settle quicker, even a layer of pea gravel will begin to settle sooner than later. The tamped soil gives a firmer surface for the rock to sit on.
Spread weed control fabric to prohibit weeds from growing through the rock, particularly if you are using smaller-sized rocks such as pea gravel. Weed seeds live in the soil, and the layer of paper blocks the sunlight to the seeds, which prevents germination.
Pour or lay out your rock. Start at the bottom on a slope, or in the middle on level ground, and work your way out.
Rake the rock as you go to remove any highs or lows, and to create an even surface.
Rinse the rocks when finished to remove the fine sand and dust that is a naturally occurring by-product.
Things You Will Need:
🏡 Measuring tape
🏡 Garden hose, rope or spray paint
🏡 Herbicide, sod-cutter, spade or tiller
🏡 Tamping machine
🏡 Weed control fabric
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