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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

What Supplies Do You Need To Install Landscape Stone?

Installing landscape stone requires a significant amount of supplies. Whether you're a contractor or a DIYer, you want to have everything ready for the start of a project. When you go to a hardscape supply business, include the following items on your checklist.


Crushed stone and sand are always your friends when it comes to building a good base for hardscaping. Every stone feature should sit on a good base, and crushed stone and sand allow you to create a base that'll drain well and provide a firm resting spot. Depending on the complexity of the project, you may also need concrete or even rebar to reinforce the structure. If you're installing paths or deeper bases, it's also nice to get some gravel.


Mortar is the common adhesive in the hardscaping business, especially if you're putting larger stones together. You might also need to buy construction adhesive if you're trying to add some structural security to your hardscaping.


People often use pavers to create good-looking paths. Your hardscape supplies will usually include bricks, stones, or clay pavers. The goal is to install a surface that looks natural and appealing while also providing something solid underfoot.


Especially if you're hardscaping is going to interface with nearby landscaping, clean edges make a huge difference in the appearance. Fortunately, a stone supply company should have edging products. These are usually bricks or shaped stones that provide some uniformity around the edges.

If you're installing a planter next to a path, for example, edging ensures that the two spaces have a visual boundary. This creates a more coherent design, especially if you repeat the edging on multiple landscaping-hardscaping interfaces.


Particularly if you live in a humid or wet part of the country, you might want to seal the landscaping stone. This discourages moss and mildew from growing. Some people like that look, but it also can get a bit too rustic and become unmaintainable. If you want that look without the problems, you can always use landscaping moss on top of sealed stones to get the best of both worlds.


Finally, you're going to need basic tools. Trowels and shovels are especially handy whenever you're working with mortar, concrete, and landscaping stone. A wheelbarrow will help with transportation. You might also want a level and a stone saw so you can clean up some of the lines. Some folks also use straight edges to tidy up mortar and concrete.

Reach out to a hardscape supply shop for more info.