Decorative Rock For Landscaping – One of the benefits resulting from the diminishing rainfall now being experienced Australia wide is the growing realization by the community that there are alternatives to the vast areas of lawn traditionally found around suburban houses. The new trend toward smaller property sizes has also caused people to look at more practical uses that could be made of the surrounds to their homes. One of the fastest growth areas experienced over the past 5 years has been the increased usage of decorative rock. Landscapers and homeowners basically have two main sources for these rocks and stones. Natural colored stones can be sourced throughout Australia, under license, from old river and creek beds where their removal does not harm the ecosystem. These stones are quarried, and then tumbled to give a smooth rounded edge which adds a touch of class wherever used.
Local decorative rock for landscaping can give new display homes that provide a low maintenance, low water requirement home environment. Attractive exterior inorganic mulches like rocks suppress weeds and retain soil moisture when applied over already moist soil. They don’t break down over time and with the wide range of colors available can look great providing a modern stylish garden appearance.
The alternative source of decorative rock for landscaping is the growing range of colors and sizes available in the imported rocks. Whilst the initial major source of these was from non-environs-friendly areas of beaches and rivers in India and Indonesia, the recent trend had been to the wide range of natural colored rocks which are manufactured particularly in China and Italy. The two types of rocks sourced are either polished or waxed or are manufactured stone that is tumbled from quarried rock to the desired size. Polished rocks are sourced from huge mounds of rocks produced as a by-product to sand mining operations. Stacks up to 4 meters high and covering areas as large as a football field provide the rocks that are hand-picked for the color required (usually black). These rocks are then taken to local villages where they are polished by tumbling, then waxed and bagged.