The exterior and landscaping is just as important as the interior when it comes to adding value to the home
Homeowners realize that the exterior of their home and the landscape is just as important as the interior when it comes to adding value to the home. The main problem is that keeping a lush green lawn and maintaining beautiful flower gardens can be a difficult task and certainly does nothing for water conversation. However, these days homeowners are completing home renovation do-it-yourself eco-friendly rock garden projects as a wonderful alternative that can transform a sloping area of the yard into a beautiful masterpiece.
In order to create an eco-friendly rock garden, the yard must be prepared. It is best to clear the area in which the garden will be placed. This means removing all the weeds, grass, or other items all the way down to under a couple layers of loose dirt. It would be best to also create a drainage route and lay down a weed resistant fabric over the entire area. This will help keep weeds out of the garden as well as ensure that no chemicals will be needed to rid the garden of weeds.
1. Once the fabric is in place, the first thing to consider is if there will be any types of plants in the garden. If so, then the plants will need at least some soil in order to survive; however, the plants can easily be placed into the fabric just by cutting a small hole in the fabric and placing the plant inside.
2. Next, a decision will need to be made on the type of other materials that will be used in the garden besides the rocks and plants such as pea shingles, gravel or other items that will help the water drain better.
3. In most cases, it is a good idea to draw a blue print of the layout and the intended way the garden will look when completed. Larger rocks should be the focal point with smaller boulders scattered throughout. If at all possible, river rocks are great rocks to place in the garden providing a more natural look.
4. If the garden is to look natural, the rocks cannot just be placed on the fabric. Dirt will also need to be added in certain locations to make the rocks seem to be coming up from the earth.
5. In order to conserve water, plants that do well in drought conditions are the best for an eco-friendly rock garden.
6. When the plants and rocks have been chosen it is just the matter of placing them in the area that will draw attention to the larger rocks and creating a beautiful garden.
The list of plants that will do well in an eco-friendly rock garden include Echinocactus grusoni, Lewisia cotyledon – Sunset Strain, Nassella tenuissima, Sedum spathulifolium – Cape Blanco, Lavandula multifida, Libertia peregrinans, Sedum rupestre – Angelina, Sedum spurium – Voodoo, Salvia clevelandii, Sempervivum, Agastache rugosa, and Helictotrichon sempervirens.
An eco-friendly rock garden can be very simple or elaborate according to the rocks and plants that are chosen but will certainly create a calm and relaxing area that is practically maintenance free.
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