Landscaping can be very expensive, especially if you hire a professional to do the work for you. However, you can create a beautiful rock garden for next to nothing that will enhance the look of your home and that will require little to no upkeep. Below are five tips that will help you develop a low cost, low maintenance rock garden for your yard.
Cheap Rock Garden Tip #1 – Harvest Rocks Locally
There are many places around your home that you can harvest rocks for free. The best places to look for easy to haul and recover rocks include places on the highway where the road cuts through a mountain, near bodies of water and even in your own back yard. Before you take rocks from your local area make sure that this is allowed and that you are only taking rocks from public lands and not private property.
Cheap Rock Garden Tip #2 – Search for Rocks With Specific Colors
When you are planning out your rock garden you need to have a design in mind. You can create a beautiful rock garden by selecting rocks with specific color hues. The colors that you select need to reflect the colors on your home and the colors that are already present in your landscaping.
Cheap Rock Garden Tip #3 – Lay Down Plastic First
If you don’t want to have to weed your rock garden you will want to create a weed barrier under your rocks. An easy way to do this is to lay down plastic before you set your rocks. If you have a few extra dollars you can buy landscaping fabric or plastic. However, you can also use things that you have lying around the house like plastic shopping bags, garbage bags and even old pieces of carpet that you have removed from your home during a remodeling project.
Cheap Rock Garden Tip #4 – Add Plants
If you want to add texture and visual interest to your rock garden you can plant plants. This option will require an investment of money unless you can find someone who is giving away rock garden plants. Chicks and hens, which are small cacti that look like little rosettes, make great rock garden additions as they require little maintenance.
Cheap Rock Garden Tip #5 – Collect Rocks and Other Items on Hikes
To keep your rock garden’s look evolving and maturing you will want to occasionally add new pieces to it. You can collect items to add to your garden while hiking, strolling in the park or walking on the beach. Items that make great additions to a rock garden include drift wood, interesting rocks, broken pieces of tile and even old signs.