Using rock and stones for landscaping are definitely the most discussed topic in the landscaping design nowadays. It accentuates the landscaping design to the next level making the finishing more appealing and expensive.
The stones or rocks are usually bought and constructed locally but not all materials are made the same and suitable to the rock garden you are constructing. So, here are some tips to pick and choose the right material for the right job.
There are basically two main different characters of rock or stone depending on the porosity of the texture. The first one of its kind consisting of a high-water absorbing porous and sustaining moisture content that allow the roots of the plant to wrap on to the rocks and goes deeper into the soil. We classified that as a sympathetic stone.
The second type of the rock is the one that has a smooth, fine surface that looks like a marble. They expel water and best for just as a decorative ornament.
The super hard or very soft stones are not a good choice for the rock landscaping. The hard rocks as the name suggest, does not help the rooting of the plant whereas the soft rocks disintegrate too quickly when exposing to the extreme weather like rains and snow.
So, what is the best stone to use?
The highest recommended stone to use in landscaping is granite. The granite is unique in its nature with different shapes with its semi-porous surfaces. It is classified as the most natural appealing stones to the landscaping and suitable for the integration with plants.
Second choice in this category is the limestones or sandstones. Both has a desirable grain of surfaces and naturally irregular shapes and sizes.
Thirdly are the field rocks. They are seasonal weather proven stones which will add an exquisite outlook to your landscaping design, especially if the surface has already been covered with moss.
One of the finest examples of a rocky landscaping is the Japanese Garden. They have integrated the composition of flowers, trees and plants into the rocks to create a heavenly looking landscaping.
Fourthly are the volcanic rock which is also known as Tufa Stone. They are costly generally but meet the requirements in both the right character as well as ornamental aspects. It is porous and light, thus make it easily to handle and arrange in your landscaping yard.
Lastly, there are rough slate that can be placed in your rocky landscaping design. But, this material is best only for constructing pathway, steps and perhaps stone seats in your garden. This should not be considered as the main focal material in the construction.
Alternatively, you can also use artificial rock for enclosures in the yard. They look real and comes in various sizes, colors and shapes to match your design. They are light weight because the inside is hollow. Not just that, it is very durable to withstand any extreme weather as it is made with resin and rock particles. This material is constructed for outdoor purposes and can be fixed to the ground easily.