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5 Ways You Can Use Limestone In Landscaping

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Limestone is a type of stone that can be at home almost anywhere in your yard or garden. Here are just a few examples of how you can use limestone to your advantage when setting up or upgrading your garden and landscape elements.

1. Edging

If you like broad, flat garden bed edging, limestone pavers may be just what you're looking for. This type of edging can allow English Cottage Garden style plants to spill gently out of the bed without overstepping into the lawn. These types of edgings are also great sunning spots for butterflies, dragonflies, and other beneficial insects.

If you're looking for a more whimsical garden style, you can also paint your limestone edging any color you like.

2. Retaining wall

A retaining wall may be a necessity, but that doesn't mean it can't be attractive. Instead of using concrete cinder blocks for your next retaining wall, why not use an attractive limestone product? Depending on the size of the wall, you may need to supplement its strength with anchoring or geotextiles as well.

3. Wildlife habitat

If you're planning a wildlife-friendly area in your landscaping, you'll need to provide the essentials: food, water, and shelter. Limestone can be helpful in building a rock pile type structure, which can offer shelter to a variety of wildlife such as lizards and other reptiles. Stones with a variety of shapes and sizes, to allow for sheltering holes beneath them, are ideal.

Setting some limestone in sunny spots around the rock pile can also provide good sunning spots, while some flatter limestone blocks or flags partially buried in the ground can be ab important part of creating a shelter for beneficial toads.

4. Accent decor

Lawn and garden decor may also make use of limestone. For instance, some birdbaths or garden statues are carved from limestone or other types of stone. Just be careful that you're getting real limestone, not a look-alike with a limestone finish. Real limestone can last a lifetime, and it's worth the investment.

5. Patio or path

Limestone pavers can, of course, also be used as pavers. Many beautiful options for limestone patios, garden paths, and stepping stones exist. You can also mix different types, such as by creating a path that has limestone stepping stones, with limestone river rock filling in the area around the stepping stones.

These five options are just a few of the basic ways you can put limestone to use in your home and garden landscape. For more information, contact your local limestone dealer or landscaping expert today to discuss specific limestone products and the best ways to install them.