Tips for Implementing Faux Rocks into Your Landscaping

Many landscapes can see a benefit in their visual appeal and overall ambiance by implementing artificial rocks in their design. While there are tons of reasons to choose artificial rocks over natural stones or boulders, it may be a little more difficult to adequately integrate artificial rocks into your yard if you aren’t familiar with principles of landscape design. Here are some tips to make your artificial rocks fit into your outdoor decor more seamlessly.

Tips and Tricks For Landscaping with Artificial Rocks

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Before purchasing an artificial rock to place in your yard, make sure you have done your homework. If you are planning to use this rock to hide something unsightly, measure around the object to ensure that you get a faux rock that can completely cover your item without touching the object itself. The rock should still be able to touch the ground on all sides. This will help to keep the object underneath the rock safe while not making the rock look weird. It will also allow you to access the object under the rock if it ever becomes necessary.

Blending

Regardless of what you are using your faux rocks for, you are going to want them to blend into their surroundings. The more natural you can get your artificial rocks to look, the more pleasant you will find your landscaping. A great way to do this is to add soil around your rock. You can even cover as much as one-third of the rock with soil to make it look like it should naturally be there with the rest of the vegetation. Another option is to plant small shrubs, trees, or forms of grass around the rock to make a more believable setting. However, if you choose to go this route, be sure you don’t overwhelm the space with too much ornamentation. When planting trees, try to keep them at least one foot away from the rock to avoid inundating your setting with too much embellishment.

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Backyard Xscapes eXperiences 2010 Landscaping eXpo

Backyard Xscapes participated in the 50th annual Landscape Expo held in Long Beach this past October 6-7. The Expo included exhibits from over 200 vendors displaying products and providing help and ideas to private and corporate consumers wishing to “design, build or maintain” their respective landscapes.

Many vendors held raffles and contests to create interest and discussion around various new products and eco-friendly landscaping ideas. Backyard Xscapes gave away an environmentally friendly bamboo Tiki Bar valued at $500 to one lucky winner in addition to providing our customary top-notch customer service and educational materials.

This year’s expo expanded by 50% over last year and showcased 45 industry specific seminars where attendees could earn PAPA, CLT CLP, ISA and SPLD credits. Hour-long talks were giving on topics ranging from Irrigation and Landscape Design to Tree Care and Sustainability. The Expo continued into the night as a panel led a discussion about the future of the landscaping industry for landscape contractors, superintendents, architects and design professionals in attendance at a pool side after party.

Backyard Xscapes thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the crowd at the Long Beach Convention Center as well as with other industry professionals. Congratulations to Fern Nuerro for winning herself a brand new Tiki Bar. We hope it transforms your backyard xscape into a private paradise you will enjoy for years to come.

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