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Using Stones to Enhance Your Outdoor Landscape

Helpful tips for using stones to enhance your outdoor living area

A decorative stone design.

One of the biggest trends to come out of outdoor landscaping in recent years is to use stones to enhance your outdoor landscape. Though they’ve gained further popularity in the past ten years, rock gardens and other stone structures have been used in landscaping design for centuries. Japanese rock gardens are seen as a form of therapy and tranquility while also providing a pleasing aesthetic quality to any home area. While unassuming to many homeowners, rock and stone structures are the perfect addition to your outdoor living area derived from their diverse variety of categories.
1) Create a rock garden: Besides being a creative way to boost the aesthetic quality of your outdoor living space, a rock garden is a great way to create the illusion of extra space for your landscape. Rock gardens are also convenient in that they can be as permanent as you wish them to be. Unlike flowers, rock gardens can survive harsh weather environments and maintain a sense of stability in your outdoor landscape.
2) Install a rock retaining wall: For anyone who has dealt with outdoor landscaping before, it’s no secret that a retaining wall can be the perfect addition to your garden area. A retaining wall’s primary purpose is to serve as a barrier between a large amount of soil or water and most homeowners use them to border their garden space. Retaining walls are not only practical, but they serve as a frame for all of the hard work you put into your garden area.
3) Use rocks as accents: Sometimes all your outdoor living space needs is one or two rocks to serve as focal points for you and your guests. Having a few stones or small boulders gives depth to any outdoor landscape.
4) Rocks are great for drainage beds: Drainage beds, while practical, get the reputation for being an eye sore in outdoor landscape design. However, this does not have to be the case if you incorporate stones into the drainage system. Stones can be a flattering camouflage for said drainage so your guests don’t have to look at any unsightly views.

  • “Last June, my wife and I contacted Outdoor Makeover regarding replacing the “weeds” in our front lawn with sod, replacement of all shrubs in the front and back yards and the planting several new trees throughout our property. Once we confirmed the design plan, the Outdoor Makeover crew got started immediately. The job soon took on a life of its own and Navid and his crew were ready and willing to be flexible and get the job done. It is a pleasure to work with a professional that understands the meaning of good communication and customer service. The project came out perfect and we are very happy with our new lawn, shrubs and trees. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with Outdoor Makeover.”

    Amy & Joe Roswell, GA

  • “We contacted a number of landscapers before we found Outdoor Makeover. Navid and Omid worked hard on improving our front and backyard. They worked quickly and diligently and now we have a beautiful lawn and outdoor entertainment area. Their customer service was excellent. They called or emailed us a number of times just to make sure everything was right and we were satisfied. Great Job - Great Customer Service - Great People!”

    Patrice & David Alpharetta, GA

  • “Navid and the Outdoor Makeover team are top notch. They found solutions within our price range and help us accomplish our most important priorities. Further, even after we paid them in full and needed them to come back to touch up some items, they came back within 1 week. This is UNHEARD of these days! I would highly recommend them to everyone!”

    Ryan E. Marietta, GA

  • “While we had a general idea of some things we wanted done, Navid was able to envision a work product beyond that which we could have imagined. In addition to being very accessible, Navid was very customer focused and was intent throughout the project of ensuring that our expectations were met. We were amazed at his team’s ability to execute so quickly from “design” to final product. Expectations were more than exceeded, and we would certainly use Navid and Outdoor Makeover on future projects.”

    Larry S. Atlanta, GA

  • “Navid and his team have exceptional vision and incredible talent for design.
    Outdoor Makeover delivered a plan that is much better than the competitors from design to build. I ended up with an exceptional result that I totally love and enjoy daily. I am very proud to show off my special area in my yard and everyone loves hanging outside now; Navid asked questions to figure out my lifestyle. Furthermore, Navid discovered what I needed and wanted, of which I was unaware when we started the process.”

    Christy A. Sandy Springs, GA

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