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When I purchased a home a few years ago, I had no idea what kind of workload I would be faced with. In addition to trying to figure out how to keep the place clean, I was also left with the challenge of tidying up the yard and keeping things trimmed. It was a little overwhelming, but I knew that I could do it with a little hard work and dedication. I started reading a lot of books and blogs about creating gorgeous things for your home and yard, and it was a great creative outlet. This blog is all about exciting, fun ways to make your home and yard even more beautiful.

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How To Use Decorative Quarry Stone To Beautify Your Yard

by Alyssa Perkins

If you're looking for an easy way to add instant curb appeal to your home, consider landscaping your front or backyard with decorative quarry stone. You can either purchase the rocks at a do-it-yourself home retailer or through a company that directly sources the stones from a decorative stone quarry

When it comes to landscaping your home's outdoor areas with stones, you'll have a wide variety of sizes, colors, and styles from which to choose. Some options include grey, black, or brown pavestone, which can resemble gravel, large, smooth river rocks, small colorful pebbles, natural crushed stone, bricks, paver stones, and even heavy boulders.

You'll have many different things to consider when narrowing down the type of stones you'd like to use, such as your landscaping budget and how much outdoor space you have to work with. If you don't own a truck, you'll also need to figure out a way to haul the stones home. You may be able to rent a truck or have the company transport the stones for you.

Here are some landscaping ideas using decorative quarry stones:

1. Stone Instead of Mulch

For a more refined, eclectic look, get rid of your current wood chip mulch and replace it with various-sized decorative rocks instead. Not only do wood chips have a more rustic appeal than you may like, but they are also a nuisance when tracked into your home. 

You can install the small stones anywhere in your yard, such as around a flower or vegetable garden, in a flower bed, on either side of a walkway, or even to set off one or two bushes or trees. Either choose all grey or tan stones or go with a more colorful look with shades of blue, red and orange mixed in. 

2. Create Borders 

An easy and aesthetically pleasing way to separate different outdoor spaces, such as a pool area or a patio, is with brick or paver stone borders. Simply arrange them around a specific area, such as a small pond, fountain, or any other water feature, making the border as high or as low as you desire. 

3. Design a Pathway

Welcome friends and loved ones into your home with an attractive stone pathway that leads from a sidewalk or driveway directly to your front steps. You can either place the stones directly in the grass, or you can surround them by pebbles or gravel. Either use stones and pebbles in all one color or go with contrasting hues for an eye-catching look.

You can create stone pathways leading to and around a garden or from a patio to the pool. 

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