Boulders in Water Features
Nothing makes a pond or water feature look more timeless and natural than weathered surface boulders. These boulders generally have more character and appeal than rocks that are dug up. Unearthed boulders are like broken glass, unscarred surface stones are like diamonds.
In a water feature, the more boulders the better. At a minimum, a few boulders flanking the waterfall and stair step falls. It looks delightful to have some boulders partially submerged in the main part of the pond for a natural look. Some considerable specimens in the landscape around the pond connect the whole scene together. A boulder with a flat surface makes a nice perch to contemplate your next pond.
Boulder retaining walls
There are many ways to construct a retaining wall. Railroad ties to split face concrete blocks, yuck!!! Natural stone is the grandest of them all. Boulder or rock retaining walls are probably going to cost more, but for the purist paradise head it is the natural choice. A beautiful stone outcropping with plants flowing out of every nook and cranny cannot be beat. And nothing is going to look more timeless and permanent.
Stately boulders in the garden can transform an otherwise dull tract home lot into a bit of paradise. Homes built on a slope have so many more opportunities to naturalize their scene than the rest of us flat landers. Boulders can create the look and feel of authentic wilderness.
Some other quick tips on naturalizing a dull flat yard is to bring in a few loads of soil. This may sound intimidating, but in reality, a dump truck load of fill dirt will cost practically nothing. Once delivered and dumped, it looks like it would take forever to move. A hard worker who knows his shovel and wheel barrows well. 15 yards of dirt can be moved in about 4 hours. It may take all weekend for some. Hire neighborhood kids or trick your friends into coming over to help (A steak and 6-pack may be an added cost) The result is it transforms a flat yard into a nice berm. Now you can really plan that mountain stream or add a bit of privacy to your yard. Another big impact item that you can do cheaply is go find some old dead tree trunks. Dead wood is awesome. Throw it down and plant around it and Bingo, naturalization!
Getting a rough estimate on the cost of boulders can be done mathematically. If you are looking for a boulder for the flower bed, measure the length, width and height of your ideal stone . Roughly calculate that into cubic feet.
For example if your measurements are 2 ft. long by 2 ft. wide by 18″ high – 2 x 2 x 1.5 = 6 Cubic Feet.
Dense stone usually weigh approximately 150 per cubic foot. Multiply our 6 C.F by 150 lbs. = 900lbs Our most expensive cathedral boulders run up to .20 per lb. but our locally grown boulders run .13 per lb.
Cathedral Boulder.20 x 900lbs = $180
Limestone or Sandstone.13 x 900lbs = $117.
This is where our scales come into play. Everything is weighed on certified scales, there is no guessing here. You will always pay only for the correct weight of anything you purchase at Hardscape Materials.
If you are building a large retaining wall, by using some of these same principles, we can calculate the cubic feet of the wall. If the wall is 25 feet long by 3 feet tall and the average thickness is going to be two feet wide. 25 x 3 x 2 = 150 Cubic Feet. 150 Cubic Feet x 150 lbs. per cubic foot = 24,000 lbs. There is 2000 lbs in one ton so you would need 12 tons of boulders to build that substantial wall. We will not pay for any doctor visits or a new back!