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Boulders also tend to grow moss and lichen on their surface, which changes colors over time and reflects the seasons in a beautiful way. While some homeowners think that boulders simply won’t work on their property or with their landscape design, the reality is that boulders come in all sizes, shapes and types of rock. You can find landscape boulders in white, black or even red, which means they work with homes in desert landscapes as well as evergreen forests. Finally, landscaping boulders cut down on water usage, and they may take the place of a large tree in an area where rainfall is limited.
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Landscaping With Boulders

Swipe to view slides These agaves stand in striking contrast to this group of boulders due to the differences in color that create a dynamic composition. This large boulder stands on its own, buried to give its base the mass needed for perfect balance. This hollow, artificial stone may not fool you up close, but it can make a fine alternative to real boulders in areas that are lacking in local quarries. For some, a single immense monolith is desired to add interest to secondary planting spaces with no particular focal point. These iron stained moss rocks brought to the site are visually coordinated with existing rubble and soils to appear as though they’ve been there a long time. This recreation of alpine conditions unifies boulders and rocks with small evergreens as they would at high elevations. Heavy stone that doubles as seating helps offset the initial cost of transportation and placement. This landscape includes carefully selected flat top boulders to double as seating and tables while entertaining. One of the most common ways of unifying boulders is to create a steam bed-like “flow” of smaller stone. This grotto was created without visible masonry, but where such fine work is impossible, plants are the problem solving cover ups for footings and mortar.
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Landscaping With Boulders

These agaves stand in striking contrast to this group of boulders due to the differences in color that create a dynamic composition. This large boulder stands on its own, buried to give its base the mass needed for perfect balance. This hollow, artificial stone may not fool you up close, but it can make a fine alternative to real boulders in areas that are lacking in local quarries. For some, a single immense monolith is desired to add interest to secondary planting spaces with no particular focal point. These iron stained moss rocks brought to the site are visually coordinated with existing rubble and soils to appear as though they’ve been there a long time. This recreation of alpine conditions unifies boulders and rocks with small evergreens as they would at high elevations. Heavy stone that doubles as seating helps offset the initial cost of transportation and placement. This landscape includes carefully selected flat top boulders to double as seating and tables while entertaining. One of the most common ways of unifying boulders is to create a steam bed-like “flow” of smaller stone. This grotto was created without visible masonry, but where such fine work is impossible, plants are the problem solving cover ups for footings and mortar.
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Landscaping With Boulders

Large boulders create boundaries in the yard, and add height and texture to make flat yards more appealing. The main problem with importing boulders to a new location is integrating them with the surroundings so they appear native to the ground. A random large boulder looks out of place if you don’t plan your flowerbeds and other landscaping features to work with the bold feature. Seek out local stone quarries for native stones. Boulders can weigh several hundred to over a thousand pounds, so prepare the ground for placing the boulders before arranging for delivery.
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Landscaping With Boulders

Line the front yard with large boulders 3 to 4 feet tall, spaced about 1 foot apart, creating a fence that defines the boundary line, but allows passage between the stones. Use this landscaping method if you live on a busy street with a house close to the road; the large boulders can help protect your front yard and home from runaway cars. Similarly, you can place the boulders in your driveway as a curb stop for parked cars.
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Landscaping With Boulders

8Line the front yard with large boulders 3 to 4 feet tall, spaced about 1 foot apart, creating a fence that defines the boundary line, but allows passage between the stones. Use this landscaping method if you live on a busy street with a house close to the road; the large boulders can help protect your front yard and home from runaway cars. Similarly, you can place the boulders in your driveway as a curb stop for parked cars.

Landscaping With Boulders

While driving to your nearest Home Depot may be easier, big box retail stores do not know boulders like real landscaping suppliers. In fact, since they are hard to move, many retail shops do not stock a large variety of boulders, vastly limiting your options. All in all, we always recommend you find a local stone manufacturer and buy your landscape boulders from them. You won’t only have more options, but the price per ton should be less.
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Landscaping With Boulders

When most people think of landscaping projects, they imagine new sod, grass or fencing. However, landscaping rocks can add a new level of interest you didn’t know was possible. From crushed gravel walkways all the way up to enormous landscaping boulders, rock can be an eco-friendly and eye-catching addition to almost any outdoor space. After reviewing the average landscaping boulder costs below, let ImproveNet connect you with up to four landscaping pros in your area!

Swimming pool contractors who build rock waterfalls know better than anyone what it takes to move boulders into the backyard of an existing home They’re aware of the experimentation required to reposition boulders for the perfect look, and that takes manpower. The weight of boulders is always underestimated by the homeowner, and sometimes by inexperienced designers too. It’s enough to cause serious cost overruns. There’s also a risk to paving, vehicles and structures if these heavy objects are not handled safely. For this reason make sure your contractor is highly experienced and well insured for this kind of large rock work before turning over the project to her.
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There are hundreds of different types of stone in America and as many types of building materials. The right choice must work properly with both the details of your house and your landscape. The most commonly found boulders for landscaping come from water courses which makes them rounded, grey and offer little detailed interest. In comparison, an iron stained boulder with patches of lichens and moss colonies suggest it’s been in the new location a long time. Where rock or masonry is used for on-site construction, try to maintain the same local look and feel with imported boulders in order to present a more cohesive design.
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Needless to say, the more boulders you buy, the more you’re going to pay. While some suppliers or landscaping companies may offer certain bulk discounts, you’re still going to pay more for additional boulders.
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Remember, these boulders are heavy. While you may think it’s worth delivering all boulders yourself, don’t underestimate the pure weight of these terrific landscaping features.
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There are five dominant types of landscaping boulders, all coming in with different price points. We’ll jump into each type below, but just remember, if you want to keep costs down, go with simple shapes. Heavier and intricately designed boulders cost more.
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While the pros of using landscaping boulders are numerous, there are also some drawbacks to adding these big items to a property. First and foremost, as you’ve read a few times by now, boulders are very heavy. This is not a one-person DIY job. If you do not hire pros, you need friends to help with installation.
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Since boulders are so heavy, getting it right the first time is important. Returning a boulder is not as simple as returning a piece of furniture from a local retailer. When picking landscaping boulders, think about where it will be used as well as what the objective will be. Then, consider which colors look best in the landscape and what the budget will be.
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When most people think of landscaping projects, they imagine new sod, grass or fencing. However, landscaping rocks can add a new level of interest you didn’t know was possible. From crushed gravel walkways all the way up to enormous landscaping boulders, rock can be an eco-friendly and eye-catching addition to almost any outdoor space.
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Due to the cost of obtaining stone for the landscape, it’s vital that each piece is used to its maximum advantage. There are six factors that influence the visual appeal and practicality of using landscape boulders, and ways they integrate into the site. These will help you determine whether using boulders in the landscape is a cost effective option for you, particularly if you live in a region where rock is rare or absent altogether.
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The scale of the immediate space, and that of the site overall contribute to the proper sized boulder for the job. This is where a professional’s field experience really comes in handy. The most common error is using undersized boulders because the weight of larger ones makes them expensive to deliver and place. This is false economy. In the long run, if the scale is wrong, the rock fails to show your designer’s efforts to their best advantage. Where large boulders aren’t possible use a multitude of modestly sized ones that can be arranged in a creative way.

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