Rock Landscaping

Commercial Use

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Added interest
Curb appeal
Curb appeal

The New Decorating Trend

There is a new trend in the Central Texas area - using stones on lawns and in lower beds for landscaping. Some of these stones or rocks are extremely large. Driving through the Austin area, I am amazed at the number of homeowners and businesses displaying rocks, stones, and boulders on their properties. The Austin area is beautiful and this new trend brings an added dimension into the neighborhood and commercial landscaping trends.

Commercial properties are using large boulders in green areas to add interest to their landscaping. To the right, you will see a church building with a large rock in front of the office building. Though the Central Texas area is rocky, those boulders are not naturally placed. Most of our local rocks are underground and have to be excavated.

Neighborhoods, even the newest areas, are embracing this rustic trend. In the small area of town that I explored, the 'finds' far exceeded my expectations. I could only capture a portion of what I saw.

Neighborhood Rock Landscaping

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Address display on a large lawnGreenery mixed with stoneStone and greenery at intervalsA stone monumentThe creative stone monumentStones placed for added interestThe new southwest look for curbsStones surround a mailboxStones with greeneryStones mixed with shrubsA corner stone protects the house!
Address display on a large lawn
Address display on a large lawn
Greenery mixed with stone
Greenery mixed with stone
Stone and greenery at intervals
Stone and greenery at intervals
A stone monument
A stone monument
The creative stone monument
The creative stone monument
Stones placed for added interest
Stones placed for added interest
The new southwest look for curbs
The new southwest look for curbs
Stones surround a mailbox
Stones surround a mailbox
Stones with greenery
Stones with greenery
Stones mixed with shrubs
Stones mixed with shrubs
A corner stone protects the house!
A corner stone protects the house!

Homes With Their Rock Displays

Driving through the neighborhood with an eye open for rock displays is an interesting endeavor. It was amazing to see the number of homes with creative uses for their stones and rocks of many various shapes and sizes.

Some used stones to display their street address. Others placed a random stone in the corner of the yard, sometimes with no landscaping thought to the placement. It looked liked a rock stuck out in the yard.

Many homeowners were creative and purposeful with their displays. Because of the drought, homeowners are abandoning the green grass between their street and sidewalk. These areas are being transformed into a southwest motiff. Small pebbles, ground stone, or other green surfaces that do not require lots of water are replacing these once grassy areas. Small stones or rocks are displayed in these areas as points of interest, with or without added greenery. Some place the stones at intervals and others mix the easy-to-care greenery with various stone displays.

Do you have a corner property? Place a large rock or stone on the corner of your property for safety. If a car jumps the curb, the rock will protect your home and family from danger!

Examples of Rocks For Landscaping

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Local homeowner used stones for a very large border around his trees on his large lot.A local shopping center adds large stones to their green area!In a flowerbedWith other plantsUnder trees where grass refuses to grow
Local homeowner used stones for a very large border around his trees on his large lot.
Local homeowner used stones for a very large border around his trees on his large lot.
A local shopping center adds large stones to their green area!
A local shopping center adds large stones to their green area!
In a flowerbed
In a flowerbed
With other plants
With other plants
Under trees where grass refuses to grow
Under trees where grass refuses to grow

Stones placed in Flower Beds

Many interesting stones can be found in beautifully cultivated flower beds. You can find flower beds placed around trees in the front yard that are embellished with an interesting rock or stone which add quality and design to the area. With a combination of trees, shrubs, flowers and stones mixed together, these flower beds become works of art.

Parks use Rocks For Green Areas

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A green space in a newly developing neighborhood. Still under construction, this area was the first to be completed. Entering the neighborhood, it catches the eye.Another view of the neighborhood green space with rocks placed in intervals across the green area.A local church football field uses large rocks for its borders. They provide a great place to sit and watch the games as well as a natural border so that cars do not drive into the area.The football field bordered with rocks.A local jogging path along a green area with large boulders placed at intervals through the park.Boulders big enough to rest on while recuperating from a run.Park placement of another rock for added interest and a more rustic look.These stones say keep off the grass!Stones on a median A stone sits alone on a large green eraStones stacked along a freeway wall for vegetationStones line a green area along a parking lot keeping cars off the grass!Beautiful large stone situated on office propertySmall stones among tall grasses and shrubs.Beautifully placed stones on a commercial property.Large stone on a large lawn covered with trees.A rock with scripture in a church park area!Cactus and rock add interest to the terrain!Large stones accent the entrance to a commercial property.
A green space in a newly developing neighborhood. Still under construction, this area was the first to be completed. Entering the neighborhood, it catches the eye.
A green space in a newly developing neighborhood. Still under construction, this area was the first to be completed. Entering the neighborhood, it catches the eye.
Another view of the neighborhood green space with rocks placed in intervals across the green area.
Another view of the neighborhood green space with rocks placed in intervals across the green area.
A local church football field uses large rocks for its borders. They provide a great place to sit and watch the games as well as a natural border so that cars do not drive into the area.
A local church football field uses large rocks for its borders. They provide a great place to sit and watch the games as well as a natural border so that cars do not drive into the area.
The football field bordered with rocks.
The football field bordered with rocks.
A local jogging path along a green area with large boulders placed at intervals through the park.
A local jogging path along a green area with large boulders placed at intervals through the park.
Boulders big enough to rest on while recuperating from a run.
Boulders big enough to rest on while recuperating from a run.
Park placement of another rock for added interest and a more rustic look.
Park placement of another rock for added interest and a more rustic look.
These stones say keep off the grass!
These stones say keep off the grass!
Stones on a median
Stones on a median
A stone sits alone on a large green era
A stone sits alone on a large green era
Stones stacked along a freeway wall for vegetation
Stones stacked along a freeway wall for vegetation
Stones line a green area along a parking lot keeping cars off the grass!
Stones line a green area along a parking lot keeping cars off the grass!
Beautiful large stone situated on office property
Beautiful large stone situated on office property
Small stones among tall grasses and shrubs.
Small stones among tall grasses and shrubs.
Beautifully placed stones on a commercial property.
Beautifully placed stones on a commercial property.
Large stone on a large lawn covered with trees.
Large stone on a large lawn covered with trees.
A rock with scripture in a church park area!
A rock with scripture in a church park area!
Cactus and rock add interest to the terrain!
Cactus and rock add interest to the terrain!
Large stones accent the entrance to a commercial property.
Large stones accent the entrance to a commercial property.

Commercial Areas

The parks in the area have thoroughly embraced this new trend. Perhaps they have actually set the trend and the homeowners are merely catching their vision? On a local green belt, large boulders have been placed along jogging paths, under trees, and in large fields. This green area stretches for blocks and the repeated theme is carried with a displays of rocks. They provide rustic appeal as well as a practical place to lean or sit to cool off on a hot day.

A local high school has placed boulders along the entire border of its football field. They provide a natural place to perch during games as well as a barrier to cars and vehicles that might attempt to drive onto the field. The curb appeal is tremendous. The stones are beautiful and well placed.

In addition, builders are joining the trend with green areas strewn with large rocks. Driving into the newly developing neighborhood, the rocky park area is appealing to families. Who doesn't like to climb on the rocks?

Summary

Seeing this new trend in our area, I have plans to purchase a medium sized stone for my ivy bed in the front yard. With all of the trees in the yard, a stone will provide an extra touch of curb appeal to those who pass by! Are you planning a landscape project? Don't forget to add a rock, stone, or boulder to complete your project!

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PaulaK 3 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Cajunrooster, it is so good to hear from you! I am so excited about this growing trend. Driving around town, I spot new ideas all the time. I can't take enough pictures it seems.


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cajunrooster 3 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

Hi PaulaK, I love this post. I have been wanting to do this in my yard for quite a while now and after reading this I will incorporate some of your ideas in my yard. I really need to do something with my outdoor space and this will be a great start. Thanks for the article!!


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SusieQ42 3 years ago from Lakeland, FL

This would fit nicely with my blog, "Create Comfortable Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces!" I'm always looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing and God bless!

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