Landscaping with rocks, boulders, and gravel is quite the rage nowadays. People go far to find rocks and transport them to their yards to create beautiful landscapes.
However, if your yard is already rocky, you encounter problems maintaining the rocky landscape as well as adding other features on the yard. Rocks can overrun your topsoil and plants, leaving you with bare rocks for a landscape.
Here are solutions to common problems that involve landscaping a rocky yard.
- Creating a smooth lawn
If you wish to have a smooth, lush green lawn on rocky ground, you first have to import soil to cover the rocks.
Over time, the rocks overcome the soil and make mowing the grass harder every year. Professional landscapers deal with this problem by mowing the land before putting the soil.
Golf course contractors can help you clear out the rocks using commercial rock rakes and other machinery specially made for that.
- Excavation problems
Rocky ground is hard to maneuver since you cannot use regular equipment to dig through it. When looking for contractors, make sure that you indicate that your land is rocky so that you can get equipped contractors.
You will have problems digging holes for a hedge, digging trenches for an irrigation system, making plant beds and many others. The solution is to get a contractor with the right skill and equipment to handle rocky ground.
- Additional clearing fees
Even when you get the right equipment and professionals to make your lawn rock free, you incur extra fees when removing them from the site. If you have no idea of a natural stone dumping site, the solution would be to use them as a part of your landscape.
You can break them down and use them to make pavers, sitting walls, stone fences, and driveways. The big ones can be used to create a rock garden.
Use them to make underground French drains or gabions for reducing soil erosion. You can even use them to make serene water features such as waterfalls and ponds.
- Having lifeless boulders
Some rocks are porous hence making them friendly to plants and drainage. Some boulders are massive and dry and they suppress any form of plants around them.
The solution for this is to use the porous rocks in the garden. They have crevices that support plant growth as well as keeping moisture for plants around them to thrive. Use lifeless boulders to make sitting rocks, dry wall hedges, and landscaping focal points that do not need live plants.
- Poor drainage
Rocks create a porous layer underneath your topsoil that drains away all your water. Some of them create a non-porous layer hence creating a water logging hazard during the rainy season.
To solve this problem, create a layer of clay soil to cover the rocky ground before laying your top soil. It helps to trap water longer to reduce erosion. You can also use drip irrigation to save water.
Use compost and mulching all year long to create a compact top soil layer that can hold water for long.