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Three Ways to Enhance Your Garden Landscape

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If you love creating and working in your garden, here are three ideas to inspire you and enhance your landscape.

Pebble Mulch

Your garden may not have a riverbed of pebbles winding through it or be framed by a natural cliff; however, that doesn't mean it can't showcase the beauty of stone. One way to do this is with pebble mulch. A layer of stones on your garden beds will help retain moisture, insulate the ground and discourage weeds. As opposed to organic mulches like bark and woodchips, pebbles don't decompose, so they don't need frequent topping up.

Stones are colourful and look beautiful in a garden. You can choose hues to complement your house's exterior walls or colours that highlight the intensity of the plants. For example, choose soft grey stones to bring out green leaves. If you have white flowers, you could choose dark grey or black pebbles. You can mix different colour stones, such as cream, tan and brown, or you can create a manicured look by using one colour pebble mulch in one garden bed and a different colour mulch in another.

Boulder Feature

You can also use larger rocks as boulders to create interesting formations in the yard. Don't place one solitary boulder, as it will tend to look out of place. Instead, choose a large rock as the main feature and set it off with two smaller ones. Put two close together and a third farther away. The idea is to arrange the boulders to give the impression that they result from organic forces rather than your artistic handiwork.

A boulder feature can also be practical, as you can choose rocks with flat shapes to sit on. But if you want to copy nature, add a pointy boulder for randomness. To stabilise the rocks, bury them a few centimetres in the earth. While you need to choose boulders in proportion to the garden, a massive one will have a dramatic impact.

Soil Nourishment

Rather than adding attractive pieces of rock to your yard, you could focus on improving the soil quality so that it will produce lush and healthy plants. One way to do this is with topsoil that is specifically formulated for your garden, whether it grows vegetables, flowers or bushes. It's important to choose a suitable soil mix, as plants have specific needs. For example, some flower species absorb extra iron from the soil, which needs to have the right acidity and composition. Vegetables absorb a considerable amount of nutrients, which you can replenish by adding compost and fertiliser to your landscaping supplies.

Reach out to a landscaping supplies shop to learn more.