Using Stone for Landscape Edgings
Natural landscape edging gives your yard a unique look. There are plenty of creative ways to add curb appeal by using natural resources that are local to your area. These decorative edgings differentiate between garden and flower beds and your lawn to create areas of interest and visual appeal.
Think about using green materials such as limestone. If limestone is not plentiful in your area, you can also use natural fieldstone to line your walkways and pathways or as decorative edging around trees. If you do decide to use limestone, keep in mind that it may be damaged by temperature extremes and its natural color diminishes over time. In addition, limestone tends to be expensive and time-consuming to install.
Fieldstone is commonly used for making low retaining walls. There are many different color variations and fieldstone is very complementary to brick.
Bluestone and flagstone are other great choices to use as landscaping materials. Creating simple rock borders around flower beds and lily ponds using stone is a nice way to accent your yard.
Make your own landscape edging by gathering natural river rock. River rock makes your lawn stand out and creates interesting beautiful borders. It also helps maintain functionality by helping to prevent mud or mulch from washing onto walkways during periods of heavy rain.
However, if you’re going for more of an old-world feel, add a little history to your yard by using reclaimed cobblestones. Cobblestones and granite add character, charm and uniqueness to your home. Using hard stone surfaces as landscaping edgers and pavers gives you an unexpected bonus because they help keep weeds under control.
If you can’t afford granite for your pathways, consider laying down crushed gravel. Natural landscape materials should give back to the earth, and gravel does this by reducing erosion and absorbing chemicals from water runoff. Gravel is considered to be a permeable stone and comes in various beautiful colors, shapes and sizes. In fact, gravel is one of the most popular cost-effective choices for creating garden pathways.