It’s never been a better time to add some landscaping rocks to your yard. From water savings to lower maintenance needs, landscaping rocks are a wise choice for many Utah yards. Natural stones and rocks are versatile products that allow your creativity to run free with how to apply them. Another benefit to rocks over products like wood bark chips is that they last a lifetime—no need to replace every few years. Here are a few fun ideas of ways to incorporate rocks in your design:
Utahns are quickly flipping their strips, and many are opting for full rock park strips. But you can add some greenery with some water-wise plants as well. Pair rocks with plants (for ideas, check out our previous blog) to create a beautiful park strip that is low maintenance and water wise.
Create a beautiful vignette around your pool or hot tub with a blend of rocks, ornamental grasses, and colorful potted plants. Mixing the softness of flowers with the ruggedness of rocks and large, spikey grasses can create an oasis of texture and contrast that is visually stimulating and stunning.
Kids or not, fairy gardens can be a fun project for any age. There are many options available to create a garden of any size—carve out a large nook in your yard for an extensive little fairy community or keep it contained and small in a designated planter. Use rocks to create little pathways throughout the fairy garden or to make mini fences and sitting areas.
Smaller landscape rocks can be used to create a lovely walking path on your property. Install a plastic edging or border product to keep the rocks right where you want them and to create nice, clean lines along the pathway. This option is beautiful for your main pathway to the entrance of your home or to create little trails around your yard to your garden, a kids’ play area, the shed, or a quiet sitting area. You can also add some different colored stepping stones or flat rocks within the path for contrast.
If you’ve got some extra room in your backyard, a firepit area can be a clever addition to your design. This summer, s’more it up with friends and family around a rock fire pit area. To maximize space and comfort, make it circular and big enough to put some large, Adirondack-style chairs around the fire. The rock will help prevent any fire hazards and will look rustic and attractive.
If you love containers of flowers but don’t want to water them every morning, create a rockscape area within reach of your sprinkler system and place the containers among the rocks. Nestle the containers into the rock and make sure they have adequate drainage. Your plants will get watered with the sprinklers, so you’ll only need to supplement as necessary. Make sure you start these containers with the best soil options for your plants.
With our water restrictions this year, implementing rocks is a great way to keep your yard beautiful while still being water wise.