Landscaping With Boulders

Landscaping With Boulders
So, you’ve decided you want to add rocks and boulders to your landscape. But, if you’ve done any research or just plain looking around, you’ll realize that not all stones are created equal. At Boulder Placement, our inventory includes boulders of every shape, color and size you could imagine; Gold Granite, Red Granite, Native Pink Sandstone, Cherry Mist, and much more. . . Just thinking you want a boulder for your yard is only the beginning.


Simply put, boulders are generally available in two styles: 1. Round, such as water washed or river run granite and surface stone generally decomposing granite and sandstones. 2. Angular, which have jagged, blasted edges and flat faces, columnar, boxy or rectangular shapes and may be composed of but not limited to granite, quartzite, sandstone and basalt.


Choosing the color of your boulder may be the hardest part of the process. Contrary to what you might think, boulders are available in many colors, including various shades of pink, gold, brown, gray, tan, green and many combinations in between. To make things a littler easier perhaps, not all colors are available each style, so finding a combination of colors and shape/style that suits your needs will narrow your choices.


The next ‘big’ question is, “How Big?” This is also an important factor to consider. If the boulders you chose are too small, they may be lost once surrounding plant material reaches it’s mature size or your boulders may look insignificant compared to other features of the landscape. Conversely, if you choose boulders that are too big, they may dwarf other landscape features or just look out of place. So, how can you determine what size boulder will work best for your landscape? We’ve developed a simple, yet effective way to “size up” your landscape rock. ~ Before you come out to our yard, fill plastic trash bags of various sizes with crumpled newspaper creating ‘boulders’ of the size you think would work into your landscape design. Place these in the areas where you would like to have the boulders. This will give you a very good idea of what various size boulders will look like in your yard as well as how many boulders you need and where you actually want them to be placed. A good rule of thumb is placing your boulders in odd numbers and groupings. And vary your sizes. Be sure to record the dimensions, (height, width and depth) of your ‘boulders’ and bring these with you when making your selections at our yard.


Maybe more important than the color or shape of your stone is its look of stability and permanence in your garden. The general rule is to place approximately 1/3 of the boulder below grade. Once you’ve determined the shape, color, size and quantity of boulders you’d like, the next question is how are you going to put them into your landscape? If the boulders are small enough you may be able to use a wheelbarrow. For larger boulders, as long as access is available, Boulder Placement’s experienced equipment operators will deliver and place the boulders in your landscape using our custom boulder placement cranes. Chances are you will still have questions on finding exactly the right rock for your purpose. That’s where our qualified and friendly staff comes in. They will answer your questions and help set up the most appropriate delivery and placement method with you. For more information, please call (702) 896-2070.