Our primary goal at B&D Rockeries is to take that less than appealing or unused section of your Renton area yard, and then make it into something that is truly a joy to behold. Aesthetically pleasing in both form and function, your new rockery will be the topic of constant comment by visitors and passersby alike. We work with you to render your problematic yard space into your pride and joy via natural landscape enhancement in the form of rockeries and carefully chosen plants that add a simple touch of elegance and class to your Renton area property.
The transformation of your space beings as a consultation with our skilled team of landscaping experts. Our specialists analyze the overall structural organization and natural environmental features of your property to help select the plants, rocks, and the final design that will draw out the greatest natural beauty of your land. We review the plan with you in detail, and our staff is trained to answer all your questions to your satisfaction before beginning work. Once the plan is approved, you get to relax and go about your daily life while our people do the heavy lifting and difficult labor involved in transforming your property into your ideal outdoor space.
An artist is only as good as the paints, clay, or other media they use to make their masterworks. In the art of landscaping, we often work with a variety of materials to ensure that our landscaping palette has everything necessary to create that ideal rockery on your property. Matching natural lighting throughout the day, addressing environmental factors such as erosion and soil quality, and creating the intended aesthetic effect of the space means we need the widest variety of stone and plants. Here is a brief detailing of the various materials we use when creating our landscaping masterpieces for property owners.
The vast number of hues, textures, and shades of stone that can be used to create a rockery, retaining wall or water feature possess dizzying potential. Our most-used stone choices are hand-selected basalt, sandstone, limestone, and granite. Our experts will help you select the colors, size, shape, and texture that will provide your rockery’s unique aesthetic. This process generally occurs during the property environmental analysis, creating a harmony between the construction materials and the place in which they will be assembled.
Adding living and growing components such as plant life to your rockery significantly increases the overall visual impact of your rockery. Whether they are adding a unique color to your installation’s palette or they are simply providing a contrasting texture, plants always breathe life into a rockery’s visual impression. The best thing about selecting plants for your outdoor space based on environmental factors is that it ensures your plants are hardy and healthy regardless of when and where they are exposed to the sun throughout the day. For example, certain ground cover plants, like hostas or impatiens actually grow well even in low light conditions. Popular choices for rockeries include various ground covers, wooly yarrow, perennials, rock cress, and countless others.
Sometimes during your property evaluation, our landscaping experts may determine that you will need a retaining wall installed to protect the integrity of your installation’s structure. Part of our service program is to discuss if it is necessary to install a retaining wall for practical reasons and what materials will be best suited for the overall design scheme you have already decided on during consultation. Once you approve this plan change for the rockery design, our people will get to work installing it right away.
Retaining Wall Rock Selection
In landscaping, there are three types of rocks we use to build retaining walls and other outdoor structures: on half man rock, two to three man rock, and boulders.
One Man/Half Man Rock
The chief advantage to these rocks is that they require no machinery to install, and can easily be built by hand. Interestingly, the name of the rock is not derived from what the average man can carry — rather, it’s the average a man can shift on his own using a crowbar. Even when working with these smaller stones though, we always schedule enough crew to finish your rockery installation in a timely manner.
Two to Three Man Rock
Massive in size and extremely heavy, these stones require a three-man team and heavy machinery to install them safely and properly. One man operates the assembly machine, a second drives the truck, and the third direct events from the ground. Two to three man rock work is the core of much of our business, and so we have a specialized machine to save time and money when building larger structures. Our brick-laying machines have been engineered specifically to make the installations of this type of wall fast and inexpensive. Depending on weather and home conditions, our crew can complete 400-600 square feet per working day. This number is naturally a reflection of years of training and experience, but by and large, our people can finish most jobs within 24 hours depending on the scale of the job.
With their rounded edges and smooth sides, boulders are a less popular choice for landscaping rockeries, though sometimes they are be interspersed within a rock wall for a unique look. As a rule, though, boulders are generally more decorative than functional.
Few additions to a home garden or backyard space add quite as much serenity and enjoyment as a functioning water feature. Our team aspires to make your vision a reality, including fountains, falls, pools, and ponds. Better still, correct structure and placement on a property can also help ensure proper drainage and flow through your property, too. As with our rockeries, our water features have numerous palate selections available to match any new or existing changes you are making to your yard.
There is no job too big or too small for our team of landscaping experts at B&D Rockeries, and we are ready and waiting to help you turn the problem areas of your property into the objects of admiration they deserve to be. To learn more, call or fill out our contact form.