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The Advantages of Rock Garden Landscaping | Montgomery County, MD

Feb 22, 2013 | Gardens, Lawns, Services

If an area of your yard is an eyesore because it’s rocky, uneven, or too shaded for grass to grow well, you might want to consider rock garden landscaping. The possibilities are just about endless, as are the advantages:

If rocks on site are a problem, incorporating them into the landscape design makes more sense ecologically than hauling them off. Rocks add texture and visual interest to a garden. They help fill space between new plants, and supply support for vining or spreading plants. Additionally, they are a natural framework for water features such as ponds or waterfalls.

Using rocks and pebbles as a landscape cover cuts down on weeds and maintenance. There is no lawn grass to water or mow. Ornamental grasses, however, look especially dramatic among rocks.

Rock gardens are ideal for setting off one focal point of the yard, such as a flowering tree, where grass is undesirable. With the right landscaping around the tree, all you need is a comfortable bench nearby to enjoy the whole area. For that matter, large rocks with flat faces can even be used as seating or a play area. (Chances are they’d be used that way regardless.)

A rock garden makes a good setting for the display of potted palms, tropicals, or fruit trees. When the weather turns cold, they can simply be carted indoors. Rock gardens also make a natural companion to a walkway, or they can become the walkway itself.

Then again, a really good landscaping service can use rocks another way: to install French drains in low-lying areas of the yard to channel away standing water. We can even build a small footbridge over the drain for additional convenience.

If any of these advantages have started you thinking about what you’d like to see in your yard, feel free to contact us.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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