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3 Decorative Stone Landscaping Ideas for your North Texas Backyard

Jack Moore
Jan 31, 2023 9:26:41 AM

Enhancements can be a great way to take your North Texas landscaping to a new level. One of the enhancement projects that we love to do for homeowners is to install decorative stone landscaping.

Decorative stone can be a highly attractive addition that doesn’t add maintenance work to your property. Homeowners often tell us that they are looking for curb appeal but they don’t want to deal with a ton of watering and upkeep. Landscaping with decorative stone can be the optimal solution.

Decorative Stone Landscaping Ideas

If you are thinking about this type of enhancement, we have rounded up some decorative stone landscaping ideas to consider.

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#1: Using Decorative Stone in Place of Much

One way to incorporate decorative stone is to use it in plant beds, instead of mulch. This decision will be highly contingent upon what kind of plant material you might have in your plant beds. 

In the article linked above, we explain how mulch might be the better choice if you’re going to have a lot of plants as it can create a nutrient-rich environment, control the soil temperature, assist in maintaining moisture, and act as a plant protector. 

stone in landscape beds around plantings

However, there are certainly low-maintenance plants that will perform just fine in decorative stone.

And what people tend to prefer about decorative stone is the fact that it is so low maintenance overall. It won’t require regular replacement like mulch and it will continue to hold its aesthetic appeal for the long haul. 

Plus, because stone looks nice by itself, you might not even feel like you need to fill your plant beds with a lot of plants. Some North Texas homeowners are looking for the lowest maintenance option and landscaping with decorative stone can be a great choice in this case.

stone walkway with plantings in stone landscape bed

Of course, you can also have the best of both worlds by combining stone and mulch in the same landscape bed. For instance, you might use small stones or river rock as a border to a mulched plant bed.

There are many ways to get creative and have some fun with decorative stone in plant beds.

#2: Landscaping with Decorative Stone in Walkways

Another great way to incorporate decorative stone is in and around walkways. For a simple garden-style walkway, you might even consider using small decorative stones for the entire pathway. 

While this would not be the best option for a pathway that gets heavy traffic (you really do want to choose hardscaping for that), it could be a decorative choice for a path that cuts through a garden or a small area of your property. In this way, it might serve both aesthetic and functional purposes. 

decorative stone walkway

To enhance functionality, we can also use small decorative stones in between larger stepping stones for some added appeal. This also serves a functional purpose as attempting to cut grass in between larger stepping stones can be a challenge.

We can also install decorative stone landscaping as a border or edge to a walkway (or a plant bed). River rock can create a unique edge around a plant bed or walkway and adds some aesthetic appeal of its own. 

Since decorative stone is available in various sizes, shapes, and colors, it can be its own statement on your North Texas property.

#3: Adding Large Rock Enhancements

Of course, when landscaping with decorative stone, larger rocks can serve as the focal point of the enhancement. 

As low maintenance landscapes become more popular, we are seeing more interest in using rocks and large boulders to add interest and texture to a landscape without having maintenance needs. 

decorative stone in landscape

In fact, some homeowners are even creating “rock gardens” instead of plant beds with flowers. Rock gardens can fill space in an aesthetically appealing way that doesn’t come with watering or other care requirements. 

There are other ways to use rocks as a focal point such as having a large urn tipped over with rock spilling out. Rocks can also be stacked in a unique way to create a simple sculpture or yard feature. 

We often work with homeowners who have a lot of their own ideas. We love combining homeowners’ ideas with our experience and expertise to create unique property designs that enhance both curb appeal and enjoyment. 

At the end of the day, there’s nothing like being able to enjoy your property to the fullest because you love how it looks.

Making a Wise Choice When Landscaping with Decorative Stone 

Despite what people tend to assume, landscaping with decorative stone can be more involved than people realize. Whether it’s leveling out the yard before bringing in smaller rock or hauling in larger rocks, these types of enhancement projects can be a bit more grueling and time-consuming than first assumed. 

For that reason, these types of projects are typically best left to a professional. You’ll also get the most professional-looking results when you go that route. 

At Grassperson, we understand that you have better things to do with your free time than getting involved in landscaping work. That’s one of the reasons why we love tackling enhancement projects for our clients. These “makeover” type of projects can ultimately make a big difference in boosting curb appeal and wow factor…and they’re a lot of fun for everyone.

If you are considering landscaping in North Texas, we are here to help. We’d love to hear your ideas and also make suggestions for how we can help make your property look its best. 

Ready to have a truly impressive Northern Texas yard? Get in touch with us so we can talk about some enhancements that might work best for your unique property.

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