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Using Rocks in the Landscape

Rocks and stones are some of the most versatile hardscape materials that you can use in your landscape.

Smaller rocks like pea gravel or crushed stone are great for lining paths. Just underlay them with landscape fabric so the rocks won't sink into the soil.

Medium-sized rocks can be arranged end-to-end to create an organic edging for landscape beds.

You can set broad, flat rocks like flagstone into a bed of crushed stone and sand. You'll end up with a Florida-Friendly patio that's attractive and also allows water to drain.

And finally, don't forget to think of rocks as art. Big rocks set on their own in landscape beds make lovely sculptural accents.

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