The process of home improvement includes both interior and exterior improvements. Many individuals enjoy landscaping and providing their home with the curb appeal to individuals passing by. What better way to add curb appeal to a home but creating a rock garden along the foundation.
Homes with an overhang of more than one foot may have difficulty growing plants next to the foundation. The overhang prevents the rain water from getting close enough to the house to provide enough moisture for plants to grow. Solutions are available for individuals who want to decorate around their foundation to create curb appeal.
Planting shrubs and flowers in the area is possible. A daily or bi-daily routine of watering the plants is a possibility or installing a watering system will solve the problem. The daily or bi-daily routine of watering sounds very time consuming while the watering system sounds very expensive. So what is the alternative? Simple….a rock garden.
A rock garden is created along a foundation using lawn edging, rock and yard decorations. Completing such a project over a one to two day time period can be a back breaking project but well worth the effort. Other tools needed to complete the project include a spade, hammer, spikes/lawn edging staples, landscaping fabric, scissors, tape measure, shovel and possibly a wheel barrel.
The first step is to determine the depth of the rock garden and mark the area. A can of yard spray paint is an option to mark the area along with stakes and string. A trench is dug along the edge of the marked area six to eight inches deep, depending on the width of the lawn edging. The trench is dug so a straight edge is made along the edge of the rock garden. The lawn edging is placed in the trench so the round tube at the top of the edging sits at ground level. Spikes are used to hold the lawn edging in place. The trench is filled and the fun begins.
Cover the ground inside the rock garden with landscape fabric. This helps to prevent weed growth. Cover the landscape fabric with the desired small rock to hold down the landscape fabric. Make sure the layer of rocks is at least two inches deep. Add large rocks, drift wood and yard decorations throughout the rock garden to add dimension and character.
Good websites to visit concerning the building and maintaining of rock gardens include: Wild Ginger Farm; House and Home Tips and Guides: How to Make a Rock Garden; Landscaping Ideas Online: A Rock Garden is Easy to Build; and Easy Shade Gardening: Rock Garden Ideas.
Add shrubs and flowers to your rock garden if desired. The addition of the greenery adds a dimension to the garden that is eye pleasing. If you want to draw birds to the area, arrange different height decorations and plants for the birds to land on. Attract butterflies and humming birds with the appropriate flowering flowers and shrubs.