When it comes to problems due to rocky soil, how landscape gardeners deal with them?
Rocks can be a useful decor to your garden, however, depending on their size, density, or nature, they can be a problem. They may not be a hindrance to your landscaping but can influence the costs of your construction. Reason enough for you to consider planning ahead before finally getting into the work proper.
In some cases where rocks are sunk deeper in the soil, they can find their way to the surface. Initial solution for this would be dealing with the rocky ground and then giving attention to the rocks that may appear sooner. Rock management is necessary starting from the project implementation and then beyond.
Hiring professionals such as experienced landscape gardeners may be of great help, more if they have the knowledge in working with rocky ground. Here are the things to do when dealing with rocky landscaping.
Usually, turf grasses are utilised in landscaping. They require a rock-free surface for them to grow and be mowed easily. What professionals do is that they first assess the area and then strategically determine how they are going to deal with the visible rocks. In terms of golf courses, rock rakes or other heavy equipment are used to comb rocks that are lying on the surface of large areas. Once the surface is rock-free, topsoil is imported to ensure a graded ground. This new layer reduces the possibility of rocks to emerge for topsoil is denser than the existing ground beneath.
Grading ensures that the surface is drained completely but requires massive landform modification. Especially in rocky areas, grading can’t be simply achieved. Depending on the size of rocks, the equipment must be considered equally to meet this challenge. This may become very costly, so might as well look for engineering contractors that are experienced in this kind of earth. Usually, this task may delay the project’s completion, more if you deal with it yourself. Assistance from experienced gardeners is very much needed in this part.
If you are to incorporate plants, fences, arbours, and other features that need foundation, excavating is required. One solution to this is to utilise mechanised auger which can drill holes for trees, fence posts, and footings. Know that not all equipment may be used in rocky surfaces. Such as trenching machines for long runs of pipe, they may be damaged when used in rocky soil. The option would be for the operator to hand dig the trenches which may take more time and extra labor.
Removal of stockpile
Upon completion of project, crop of rocks may be gathered which is inevitable with rocky ground. Gathering and loading them on dump trucks, and even dumping it somewhere may require additional costs. A strategic solution to this is to include them on your project’s design. With this, you are turning a liability into a benefit. Determine the sizes and shapes of the rocks and think of where they can be put into use. They can be stacked into a short curb or dry stone wall, fill in underground sump or drain, line small slopes for reducing erosion, riprap ways of drainage, and many more.
When dealing with rocky ground, landscape gardeners find rock management very useful. With the existence of rocks on surface, they are free for use to the overall design of your project. What’s left for you is how to take them out and then maintain them as new rocks emerge from the ground. Planning ahead is a must to assure the success of the project.