Using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives

Using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives

When people think of landscaping, the first thing that comes to mind is greenery; lush ferns, bushes, and flowers placed strategically in an attempt to provide a home or business with an aesthetically-pleasing outdoor extension of said home or business. While greenery certainly plays a large role in landscaping, there are other options for those who are looking to add a unique aesthetic appeal to their landscape designs.

Sand and gravel are two alternative materials that can be used when designing the landscape for your home or business. Because they are elegant, and provide relatively easy upkeep, sand and gravel make for excellent additions (or alternatives) to any landscape. Incredibly versatile materials, sand and gravel can be used to create amazing eye-catching displays.

Japanese Rock Gardens

Japanese rock gardens are truly an art form when done well. They provide a sense of balance to a yard and can offer up a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. In order to achieve the seamless and unifying look of a Japanese rock garden, rocks that are of different sizes (large, medium, and small) should be placed in a balanced and aesthetically pleasing way. The beauty of Japanese rock gardens is that the creation of the garden is part of the fun and the designer has free reign on which design he or she would like to create.

Water Conservation

Gravel can be used to assist in water conservation through the act of xeriscape edging. Acting as a subtype of edging that seeks to keep the conservation of water in mind, xeriscape edging uses specific plants to line (or edge) walkways and gardens. The use of gravel in regard to xeriscaping is highly encouraged as it adds depth to the edging without the need for extra watering (which would be required if you were to add grass instead of gravel, for example).

Pea Gravel Walkways

A small type of gravel called pea gravel is one of the most popular types of gravel because it is not only inexpensive and available in an array of colors and textures, but because it makes for an excellent walkway. It can also be used to line gardens or as edging around foliage to create a distinct and elegant look.

Landscaping is not just about greenery. Think outside of the box and consider using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives. If you want to learn more about the benefits of landscaping with sand and gravel or if you would like to place an order for some sand or gravel, contact Tigard Sand and Gravel today at (503) 692-1800.