Rock borders around your gardens and landscaping are perfect for creating country cottage look and finish the landscaping that you have had done. This style of border is affordable, easy to maintain and simply beautiful. Here, you will learn how to keep your rock border looking great for many, many years.
Each year, after the winter weather has abused your lawn, landscaping and rock border, you will need to spend some time cleaning things up and restoring them to the beautiful state they were in prior to winter setting in.
Step 1: Lift the Rocks
Since the snow and ice have likely caused all of the rocks that make up your border to sink, you will need to lift the rocks out of place and set them aside. Simply lift them and set them a foot away from the original position. This will help you reposition them after the work is complete without having to work to get them to fit perfectly together again.
Tip: If you are working with limited time, it may be best for you to work in small sections at a time to avoid having your rock border ripped up all at once for several days.
Step 2: Level the Ground
Once the rocks have been lifted, you will be able to easily see how uneven the ground underneath them has become during the winter. Wear a pair of gardening gloves and use your hands to level out the ground using the mulch or dirt from the edges of the landscaped area. If the ground is hard, you may need to use a trowel to break enough soil loose to fill in the holes and level the area out.
Step 3: Reposition the Rocks
After the ground has been leveled, reposition the rocks to where they once were leaving an inch or two of grass-free area around the outer edge of the parameter. That clear space will define the area a bit better and give it a truly finished look. The rocks should be placed securely enough to keep the mulch and soil from the landscaped area from washing away during heavy rains.
This can be a big project if you have several landscape design areas bordered with the rocks, but the project is one that is very rewarding. It will help to keep your landscaped areas looking clean, fresh and boost the curb appeal of your home without spending any money at all.