There is something about a nice big green lawn that some people love. It’s not something we’d ever want to take away from anyone. Lots of people take pride in their laws and put plenty of time into maintaining them. That being said, however, you might find yourself feeling a bit more apathetic about the lush green lawn in front of your house. Perhaps you’ve had to spend one too many free Saturday afternoons mowing, trimming and watering it. Maybe the lawn was there when you bought the house and while it’s nice, you’d like to do something that helps make it feel like it’s your own.
If that’s the case then there’s nothing wrong with venturing outside the box when it comes to garden ideas. That’s where trying something like a stone and pebble garden is a great idea. Stone and pebble gardens can look even more put together than a green grass lawn often with far less maintenance. Let’s look at some of the questions you might have about making the switch to a stone and pebbles garden.
Rocks are heavy, is this going to be a lot of work?
Ever heard the old saying “the rock that is heaviest, stays in place the longest”? Neither have we, but it gets to the point we want to make. Sure, it might be more work upfront to design and create a garden that doesn’t depend on a green lawn but that work is all upfront. Once your stone garden is in place all you have to do is enjoy it. That being said, if you’re the kind of person who does enjoy a DIY project then the joy of working on your garden has the upside of always being on your schedule. The stones and pebbles don’t’ need to be mowed or watered on any kind of schedule. Plus, you can always bring in the professionals.
Is This Going To Be Expensive?
If you’re not up for investing the time to create the garden yourself then you’re going to get what you pay for when you hire a professional to come and do it for you. The same however would be true for having the same professional landscapers out to do your lawn. If the cost is going to be a big factor then it’s probably a good idea to contact a professional and get some design ideas. A mix of lawn and stone may end up being the best solution for your property, just keep in mind that you’ll save money in the long run if you don’t have to water your garden.
A Stone Garden Sounds A Bit Lifeless Don’t You Think?
Not at all! While we know why you might think that, a stone garden is more than a path full of peddles. There are lots of trees and plants that grow really well in rocky or sandy soil. You could also think of it as a way to invite nature into your space on its own terms. Think about setting up birdbaths and fish ponds, you’ll be surprised how many guests will visit.
Hopefully, that answers a few common questions that might come up when you’re thinking of retiring the old lawn mower for a fresh new look. Your garden is a living, growing, evolving place, just like you. You should be happy with the landscaping around your home and if your lawn isn’t bringing you joy then maybe its time to try something new. As the popularity of the perfectly manicured lawn fades, plenty of people have been in your exact position. Your only a stone’s throw away from a whole new world of garden ideas and aesthetic possibilities.