Natural Stone Natural Stone gives a Timeless look to any landscape feature, flagstone patio, a dry stacked wall made from small Boulders, or a cobblestone edging for a Garden Path. Stone weathers beautifully too, often accumulating highlights of moss and lichen with the passing years. Most types of stone change color when wet, darkening and listening when showered with rain or buy sprinklers. Stone Services need little or no maintenance to keep their good looks year-round. They provide visual interest in the landscape when surrounding plants are out of bloom or have gone dormant for the winter. And natural stone is extremely durable: a properly installed stonescape could last for hundreds of years. In the following Pages you'll see the various forms in which Natural Stone is available, including everything from huge, rugged Boulders you might stand on two River Pebbles you might scoop up to admire. Being products of nature, no two stones are exactly alike, so no two rock walls or Pathways can look precisely the same. And most different types of stone will complement each other in the landscape. " In my opinion," says stone expert Jen Nielsen, " it is best to have different types of stone for the walls than you do for the flagstone; the contrast makes the space more interesting." Choosing StoneWhen it comes to choosing natural stone for your landscape, there are so many choices: Granite, basalt, Limestone, Sandstone, slate, marble, blue stone, just to name a few. You can study books like this one and use the internet to explore the many options, but there is no substitute for seeing and touching the material itself. Plan a trip to a local stoneyard to discover the types of stone you find most appealing. Stone from a local source is often the best choice for any project. It always looks right and somehow "fits," especially in more natural parts of the garden. You might want to use more exotic stone for an area very near the house, such as a patio, where you step from an indoor tile floor to a cut stone floor of a similar color outside. Local stone is usually the least expensive, because it cost less to transport from the quarry. For the most natural look, limit your choices to just one or two types of stone, or at least look for harmonious colors. Stonescapes that include too many textures and colors look jumbles and can be disorienting. "
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