Introduction: A Simple Rock Garden

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We have been staying in rented houses and now recently we bought a house and moved in. The house came with a small garden. Unfortunately because of the trees shading the ground the grass wasn't growing.

The trees were good mostly herbs and fruit bearing trees.

Our room was above, and it wasn't something we wanted to look on. We wanted something that would be serene instead of just 'BLAH' So we decided to go for a Japanese Rock Garden look for where the grass wasn't growing.

Step 1: Grass and Rocks

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To make a Rock Garden you need rocks!

Rocks comes in various colors. So choose something that will contrast well if you plan on having a pattern.

We also went for Australian Grass be cause it looks very nice and carpet like.

My mom donated a small bridge that she didn't want. It was perfect for our garden. :-)

Step 2: Sweat It Out :-)

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First we got rid of all the remain grass and odd pots. Then we looked around to see what plants were around. The Kohomba Tree had a nice creeper plant going over. How ever the yellow croton was all over the place. So we removed it and placed it around the creeper plant.

We started organizing the plants. We removed the bushes that were all over and put them in one side in to a curved pattern. Then Once all the grass were removed. We added fertilizers and planted squares of ' Australian Grass' in the area where the sun and rain comes always.

Then we took a bag of white rocks and simply opened and pulled it into a curve shape spilling rocks on the way.

For the rest of the place we filled with earthy colored rocks. We didn't want a bit of sand showing so we filled with rocks in between the plants, roots and stems. There was a drain. As we didn't want the rocks to wash off we glued a plastic mesh and then placed the stones on top. Finally we placed the bridge where we felt it looked nice.

As the grass had to grow we needed to water it a lot and we told the kids to keep off the grass for a month. finding weeds in a rock garden is pretty easy as they stand out :-).

All in all we were very happy how our little garden turned from 'Blah' to something 'Ahh' :-)

I think it would look even great when the bushes start to flower. Can't wait till that happens. We still need to add more color, but I feel it's a great improvement :-) don't you think so?

What do you say? Isn't a Rock Garden a great solution to gardens where grass doesn't grow?

Comments

elbadrunos (author)2014-04-16

beauty and nice garden. I have a small garden too. I want to fill with rocks, but how about weed ? how quickly they grow among the rocks ?

shazni (author)elbadrunos2014-04-17

As it's a small garden my husband does a random check every day. He finds about 10 or less. It's very easy to see as it stands out against the rocks. Alternately you could add a weed barrier fabric as mentioned right below this comment by dpiluszewska.

dpiluszewska (author)2014-04-13

Great looking garden; I commend you! You could add A weed barrier fabric under the stones to make upkeep easier, too!

shazni (author)dpiluszewska2014-04-14

Thank you! Will surely pass message to my husband as he is the one who is responsible for the upkeep! ;-D

hunter999 (author)2014-04-13

This looks amazing! :)

shazni (author)hunter9992014-04-14

Thank you!

patsheldon (author)2014-04-12

what I like best about this is how you did such beautiful thing in such a little amount of space. Good job and what an upgrade!

shazni (author)patsheldon2014-04-13

Thank you for your lovely comment :-).

BTW. Congratulations on your pie win! I was aiming for it but I guess the better pie won! Let's compeate again next time! :-D

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