What Is The Best Place In My Yard To Build A Rock Garden?

What is the best place in my yard to build a rock garden? You want to use caution when building your rock garden. Be aware of your legal boundaries, sewage lines, and foundation. "Obviously, you don't want...

"Obviously, you don't want it over your sewer," says Laddie Flock, owner of Natural Rock Formations, a company that has been in business for 17 years and has experience in all different styles and themes of rock gardens. Natural Rock Formations is one of the largest distributors of natural stone products on the Pacific coast and has been featured in many publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Landscape and Irrigation magazine. Their website can be found at www.natrok.com.


The more land you own, the more locations you will be able to scout out for where your rock garden should go. However, you really need to be mindful of what is underneath the ground as well as what is above it. Make sure you know where all the lines are that are connected to your house. This includes utilities such as gas, phone and electric, but also cable, water lines, and even underground electric pet fences. Anything that may have to someday be dug up to be repaired, you don't want anywhere near your rock garden.




You will also need to take into consideration what types of plants or trees (if you plan on using them) you plan on including in your garden. Certain types of trees have roots that will grow towards water of any sort - such as a willow. Willows love water and will "go after" water pipes, sewers and septic systems. These trees should be planted a minimum of 30 feet away so they do not do any damage in the years to come. Before buying any plants, check with your local nursery and explain to them what type of area you are working with so you can choose plants that won't present a problem later on. Flock says, "Use caution; certainly you don't want trees up against the foundation that have lateral roots, stems and such."

You also need to pay attention to existing or planned structures above ground. Flock says, "Make sure that you know your legal boundaries, and ownership of your water or acreage, so that you don't go over those." You may have to check with your local government building departmentto find out what the regulations and ordinances are for your area regarding the placement of your rock garden, especially if you are planning a large one, or one that will require the adding of any permanent structures. Rock walls would be considered a permanent structure, and there may be height limitations.

Do you have plans to add on to your home someday? Keep that in mind to when plotting out your garden. Since some ordinances may require structures in your rock garden to be a certain distance from your home, you will need to make sure it will be far enough away. Again, make sure you check with your local governement to know what regulations they have. Doing it right the first time means you won't have to dig up and move your rock garden later on - something that could be extremely difficult and costly depending on the elements and features in your garden.

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