Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography
Just as options for interior finishes have multiplied in the last few years, landscaping materials are also becoming more abundant. With the product diversity available these days, it is hard for homeowners to commit to their choices when designing an outdoor space. This is both a blessing and a curse. While you might find exactly what you’re looking for in a finish that didn’t exist ten years ago, it could take a year just to pick out the perfect paver. To help simplify the process, we’ve constructed a list of basic landscaping materials with the help of local experts at Valley Landscaping.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but dirt is a necessary element of any landscaping project. Landscapers use various classes of dirt when grading a yard. It can also be used underneath outdoor structures like patios.
This product is made out of shredded tree bark, wood and sometimes other materials. It can be used around trees, shrubs and flowers to help the ground retain moisture or for aesthetic reasons. However, it does decompose over time and may need to be replenished or replaced eventually.
Gravel is often used in landscaping beds. Unlike mulch, it is very low maintenance and does not need to be replaced. As you can see, there are many different sizes and types of stone gravel to choose from depending on your desired aesthetic.
Pavers are used to define outdoor living spaces or walkways. They can be made of brick, stone, concrete or synthetic materials. One of Valley Landscaping co-owner Craig Wendt’s favorite products is a new type of paver that imitates the look of reclaimed wood.
Flowers, trees and shrubs are powerful landscaping tools, but there are plenty of other ways to add interest to your yard. For example, you can install a fountain or strategically place boulders throughout your landscaping beds.