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Decorative rock instead of grass

Posted By MyGuy || 28-Jul-2011

Try Decorative Rock Instead of Grass. Because we live in the Sonoran Desert, we do not have plentiful supply of fresh water and must use water wisely. An easy and affordable solution to our limited water supply is to landscape with decorative rock and boulders. In doing so, homeowners can lower the total cost of ownership, minimize their carbon footprint and cut down significantly on the maintenance required for yard upkeep. It is believed that an average Arizona homeowner can save up to $1500 or 500,000 gallons of water each spring and summer by transitioning to a waterless yard. While flowering plants and lush lawns are considered the highlight of many landscapes, it is important to remember that other topography materials are available which add to the beauty and function of a front or backyard without the costly water consumption. In addition, using decorative rock and boulders is a fun easy way to add a splash of color to your landscape.

Thinking about removing your grass and considering decorative rock as your primary ground cover? Are you in a quandary about how much crushed granite to purchase?

As a general rule, your layer of top dressing should be 2-3 inches thick. This will help to reduce water evaporation and weed growth and provide consistent coverage with less chance of developing bare spots in the future. First measure the total area of your yard to be covered with granite by taking the length and width of the area. Typically one ton of granite covers about 120 square feet; this is not always the case but you call us to get a tonnage quote, especially if you have an odd shaped area.

Before you get started, here are a few tips for choosing the best decorative rock.

  • what overall effect are you trying to achieve
  • match the color of your house
  • provide a bit of contrast
  • natural look
  • more stylized look
  • blend with a common neighborhood landscape theme or something different
  • top dressing with decorative rock is a lot like painting your home
  • colors and textures may look different when they cover a large surface area
  • varying light conditions
  • consider your maintenance style
  • some types of crushed granite are easier to rake and contour than others
  • certain kinds and colors of decorative rock can easily minimize the appearance of plant litter

Once you have an idea of what you want to accomplish, visit a rock yard and collect samples of crushed granite, different types of decorative rock, boulders and materials to take home for comparison purposes later. Last but not least, apply them in a real landscape situation before making your final selection. For a free recommendation for almost anything that you need for your home, office, auto or life’s need contact MyGuy.

Categories: Landscaping

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