Installing Landscape Rocks

Posted on: 6 January 2015

One alternative to mulch and pine straw in your flower beds is to make use of landscape rocks. Landscape rocks are more expensive and heavier than traditional forms of ground covering. One benefit to using landscape rocks is that they never decompose, so you won't have to replace them. Another is that because these rocks are heavy they're not likely to be scattered by animals or blown away during windy conditions. It's important to follow the proper steps when installing landscaping rocks to your flower bed. This will ensure that your landscaping will last for a long time. For additional help, contact professionals, such as those from Landscape Irrigation Experts.

What You Will Need

  • Scissors

  • Tape Measure

  • Shovel, Weed Barrier

  • Wheel Barrow

  • Rake (Wide-Toothed)

  • Garden Hose

  • Load of Rocks

Step 1. Use a tape measure to measure the width and length of the space where you plan to install the rock. Now multiply the length times the width to determine the area's square footage. For instance, if the space you're measuring is 12 feet in width and 18 feet in length, then your square footage is 216.

Step 2. To know how many landscaping rocks you'll need for your project, divide your square footage by 80. This will tell you how many tons of rocks you should purchase. Using the previous example above of 216 divided by 80, you would need 2.7 tons. This will provide a layer that is three inches deep, which is suitable for most landscaping rock installations.

Step 3. Place an order for the amount of landscaping rocks you'll need with a local garden supply store and have them deliver the order to your house.

Step 4. Get rid of any weeds that are growing in the area you intend to landscape. You should be able to simply pull them out and discard them.

Step 5. Place a weed barrier made of fabric near the edge of your planting area. Unroll the fabric until it reaches the opposite end of the area you're landscaping. Use scissors to cut the fabric from the roll.

Step 6. Position the next role of fabric beside your first row. Now overlap the edge by about 4 inches and unroll your fabric, again, until you reach the opposite end of your landscaping area. Repeat this process until you have fully covered the perimeter with the fabric.

Step 7. Use a shovel to add rocks to the very top of the fabric, beginning at the farthest edge away from any walls and buildings.

Step 8. Continue to place rocks in this area until you have covered the entire space in a three inch layer of rocks.

Step 9. Use a rake to smooth out the landscaping rocks until your surface is as uniform as possible.

Step 10. Use your garden hose to spray water over the top of the rocks in order to rinse off any dirt or dust.

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