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Want to know how you can implement landscaping rocks in your back yard’s desert terrain? Here are some tips you can follow.

Choosing a landscaping rock seems like an easy process, but actually, it takes more time, knowledge, and skills to organize the process. That is why it is best to work with a team you can rely on or with a desert landscape architect to determine the design that goes with your desert environment. You need to choose the right size, shape and color combination to make the landscape more soothing for anyone viewing your landscape.

Obviously, the looks matter when you choose rocks, but you need to determine the rock durability as well. There is a wide variety of rocks available to purchase, so always check the rocks’ durability and longevity factors. Below, are some ideas on how to landscape with rocks in the desert.

Make Your Rock Plan

There are hundreds of varieties and designs of rocks available for you to choose from for your landscape. To make the right choice, match the details of your house and your landscape. Suppose you want to add boulders; you need to think about their weight as they can be challenging to move.

When you plan to add rocks, you need to determine which color and shape you want to install into your desert landscape. You can add some desert plants in various places to make the design more stylish.

Setting up all the rocks in a landscape with flat sides will make a mundane and methodical look that will not go with nature. You can set them in various ways such as some laying flat while others are looking up at the sky. You can create beautiful artistic designs with small and huge rocks using your creative mind. You need to get the right equipment to balance the rock design, and for heavy rock, you need a tractor, forklift, or crane, depending on the site.

Select The Right Shape Rocks

For all rock work in a desert back yard, the stone’s size and shape are the center point to achieve the look and feel you want. So, choose the shape carefully, and you need to make sure you perfectly organize them.

Do not use too much rock in a landscape design, no matter how stable and beautiful they are. Make sure to include some desert plants, whether artificial or natural, and they will soften the look of the rocks.

Desert Boulder Shapes

Boulders are a very important of a desert landscaped back yard. They come in various shapes as outlined below.

  • Tall Vertical: The stone looks taller, and it is wide. It is mostly used for the taller half or with the waterfall as the central stone. 
  • Low Vertical: This stone looks wider than its height. It is a huge stone that is used as a companion of tall vertical stone so that they do not stand like a monolith.
  • Arching: In the shape of an arch, this stone implies stability.. Arching stone is also used to imply strength to major items in the garden. For example, making corners of a stone way. To get the design, you can place this stone at an angle to make the moderate arch more prominent.
  • Reclining: This boulder shape is a reclining animal with the head on one end higher and narrower than the hips on the opposite end. This stone is often called an ox stone for the strength it has. It is a pointer of a garden that draws attention to the elements of the garden. 
  • Flat: It is easy to identify this stone as it is less than a foot tall, and it has no actual length and width. These stones are used as boulders’ composition at the surface, bridge, walkways, and stepping stones. 

Using Rock Colors to Set a Mood

Pick from soft off-white and ivory-colored stones to visible boulders of black or dynamic yellow and red hues. Also, mellow gray or taupe shades highlighted by greens from lichen and moss in rocks inspire your design’s mood and feel. These rocks give you a variety of color choices to make your garden attractive. You can set your landscape with colorful boulders to design the area to be either soothing or stimulating spaces to enjoy.

Rocks with moss and lichen can also give some excellent color choices like green, gold, gray, brown, and even orange. This fantastic variety of rocks will give your landscape a new decorative view for the viewers.

Arrangement Options

It is rare to discover one boulder standing by itself in nature. They are found with groups of varieties of shapes, sizes, and colors designed with beautiful chemistry. Here is where the Japanese garden rules come in to help your designer create a successful constellation of boulders that resemble natural rock outcroppings. A boulder set up with a group of smaller size helping stones always give a more beautiful compositional look.

A boulder does not sit on top of the ground where it is planted on. Each boulder has its own look and shape so take time with this. The stone’s face should be positioned for high visibility, and the design needs to be organized perfectly as a messy setup will ruin your landscape’s beauty.

Add Boulders in a Rock Garden

Often, boulders create inspiration for different design ideas. For example, if you place four or five boulders in your rock garden, it will give it an artistic look. Many designers find that adding medium to small rocks happens more naturally once the large rock is set. This beautiful creation inspires most gardeners to add a touch of nature to their front or back yard.

These beautiful shapes, subtle, striking colors, and solidity with some plants beside them will add an air of permanence to your garden.

Remember that you should consult with a landscape expert before you place boulders as they can give you helpful suggestions for utilizing boulders.