How to Use Stones in Property Landscaping
Landscaping outside of an apartment complex isn’t restricted to flowers, grass, and trees. Stones give landscaping additional variety and texture, while also being aesthetically pleasing. Using stones could also be a cost efficient form of landscaping, since stones are easier to maintain than plants.
Consider adding stones to your community’s landscaping to save money and add visual interest. Here are a few suggestions on where you could add stones to your property:
Stepping stones for a decorative path.
Lay out pieces of stones to create a path to a seating area or through a garden. If you don’t want to choose natural looking stones, you can opt for circular or square stepping stones to create a more organized pattern (a checkerboard style looks really cool and unique).
A stone wall.
Stone walls could create a beautiful focal point for your landscaping design, and it could also be very functional. Stone or “retaining walls” hold back large quantities of soil, which keeping it in place, preventing flooding and avoiding erosion.
Large boulders for accent pieces.
Boulders or oversized stones could be used as accents in landscaping. They could also provide a feeling of ruggedness with the natural softness plants give off. Depending on the boulder’s shape, it could also be used for seating or a table.
Be sure to not choose a boulder so large that it’s distracting. Choose a rock that is around 2-6 feet in diameter that is proportional to the size of the space. That means, choose a smaller stone for smaller yards and larger ones for bigger spaces.
Gravel paths for ground cover.
Gravel paths are very versatile and beautiful. Gravel conforms to any shape and gives the ground an earthy texture. Gravel paths are very cost effective as well, since they are very durable and last a very long time. Gravel also has great drainage, so you don’t have to worry so much about flooding like you would with concrete paths.