October 18, 2017

How To Choose Rocks And Stones: They’re Not All The Same!

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Until you start planning a hardscape or landscape project, you probably thought all rocks were the same. But as you begin to shop around, you soon realize that rocks are actually very different.

That’s why it’s important to choose the right rocks or stones when you’re ready to build a retaining wall, path, patio, or other project. First, decide what kind of look you want. Are you going for a formal effect, or an informal one? Something that looks brand new, or like it’s always been there?

Here are few questions to ask yourself when you’re looking for rocks and stones:

1. Do I want a new or old and weathered look? Actually, all rocks are old, but you can find rocks that look shiny or polished, as if they’ve just been dug up from a quarry. For an aged or antique effect, go for rocks that have lichen or moss on them, or that shows signs of having been out in the elements for a long time.

2. What size rocks do I want? Big, sturdy blocks, or smaller stones? You can purchase rocks that are mostly square or rectangular, so they fit together nicely, or you can pick irregularly shaped rocks for a more casual design. Round rocks, while they are somewhat tricky to fit together, create a charming “country garden” look.

3. Do I want a uniform look for my project, or do I want to create a lot of visual interest? Decide whether to use rocks of roughly the same kind, shape, and color, or whether you want to mix different colors and types of rocks for variety and eye-appeal.

4. Should I use exotic or imported stones, or local materials? This can have a lot to do with the cost of your finished project.

5. How can my project add value to my property and home? You may want to consider repeating a rock or stone design in more than one place in your landscape. If you’re going to sell one day, think about how to maximize your work and investment.

Choosing stones isn’t as easy as it might sound. But it isn’t hard, either, when you’ve got the experts at Vining Stone to guide you! We can help you find the most beautiful, functional materials for your project. And by the way–when you’re comparing stones and rocks, remember to compare landscape companies, too. You’ll find we’re as different from other companies as one rock is from another.

Vining Stone offers a wide range of top-quality, in-stock supplies, along with good old-fashioned customer service. We’ve got the experience and expertise you need when you’re ready to launch that hardscape or landscaping project. Give us a call at 770-252-6336, or stop by and see us at 211 Stewart Road in Sharpsburg, and let us show you how we’re head and boulders—oops, we mean shoulders—above the rest!