If you have a bed in your yard that you want to spruce up this year, a great way to do so is through the use of small decorative rocks. Follow these instructions in order to create and fill a bed in your yard with small decorative rocks.
#1 Mark The Boundaries Of The Bed
The first thing that you need to do is mark the boundaries of the bed. Use wooden stakes to mark the boundaries of where you want the rock bed to be located at. You may want to use spray paint or chalk to help more clearly define the boundaries of the bed.
#2 Measure The Bed
Second, you need to measure the boundaries of the bed in order to determine the square footage. To calculate the square footage, you simply need to figure out the length and width of the bed and multiply these two numbers together to get the total square footage of your rock bed.
#3 Make An Edge Around Your Bed
Third, you need to make an edge around your bed. This doesn't have to be anything very formal. Just use a shovel to dig out and make an edge around the rock bed. Over time, you may want to put a border around your rock bed or put larger rocks around the outer edge to establish a more natural border.
#4 Take Out The Turf
Fourth, you want to take out the turf where you want the rock bed to go. If the area is large, you can use a sod-cutter or roto-tiller to cut the soil so you can remove it. You can also dig out the turf. You don't want any grass or weeds left in the area where the rock bed will go.
#5 Kill All Weeds
Fifth, spray the area with a weed killer to ensure that all of the weeds in that area are killed and will not grow back. You don't want weeds growing up through your rock bed. You may also want to put down a protective weed cover to keep weeds out of the area. You can also put down a layer of cardboard or newspapers to help prevent weed growth. Then, walk on the soil to push it down and flatten out the area.
#6 Purchase River Rock
Now it is time to use your measurements to purchase the river rock. Use the square footage to help you determine how much rock you need. Be sure to account for the rocks settling. You'll want the rocks to be a couple of inches to half a foot thick inside of your rock bed.
#7 Pour The Rocks
After you purchase the rocks, pour them into the rock bed. Work and fill an area at a time, spreading them evenly over the grown. Use a rake to spread the rocks around and even them out.
Finally, rinse the rocks to get rid of any dirt and dust that may be inside of the rocks. Then, enjoy your new rock bed. For professional help with planning your landscaping design, contact a company like The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors.