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The Soothing Sounds of a Water Feature


Are you looking for a way to add peace and tranquility to an outdoor space? Maybe you just want to give your existing landscaping a little extra oomph. If so, why not consider the addition of a water feature using natural stone?

Whenever water and outdoors are mentioned, the initial thought is a swimming pool. But there are so many ways to add the peaceful sounds of splashing water to your backyard. Whether you want a water fountain or a waterfall, there are many benefits to installing a water feature in your outdoor space. In addition to be aesthetically pleasing and creating dimension to any landscaping plan, a water feature also creates a soothing soundtrack to outdoor entertaining.


Depending on the size of your space, many different types of water features are available. If you’re looking for something grand, consider installing a cascade waterfall like this one using Holey Limestone Boulders. Maybe you have a smaller space or don’t want to make such a large commitment. No problem, you can always do something more simple like this feature using Weathered Limestone Ledge.


No matter what size space you have or what type of feature you choose, the most important thing to remember when installing a water feature is to use a stone that complements your landscaping and your existing outdoor space. Ideally you want all aspects of your landscaping from stone to plants to mulch to blend together seamlessly. Semco offers a wide variety of natural stone boulders to help you create the perfect water feature for your existing outdoor space.

The Landscaping Lowdown

Last week’s blog discussed adding curb appeal to your home’s front yard with stone walkways and driveways. Want to do something more? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to tie it all together? What about adding landscaping your yard with custom stone accents?
When you think of landscaping, most just think of plants, flowers, shrubs, etc. But there’s more to it than that.  Beautiful landscaping can add a new dimension to any yard, provide a nice visual when you arrive home for the day and increase your home’s resale value. From edging to boulders to cobblers, Semco offers what you need to finish off your home’s look.


Edging can be both decorative and practical. Many people use edgers to give their landscaping texture and dimension. These stones provide a good visual break between the lawn and other foliage such as shrubs. It can be used to line patios or walkways creating visual continuity from one part of your yard to another. Edging also keeps grass from growing in your flower beds and provides a barrier for mulch. Try choosing edging that complements the look of your home and yard like this Stoneybrook Tumbled edging from Semco.


Natural stone cobblers are another way to add depth and interest to landscaping. These flat stones provide protection for flower beds and prevent erosion. They come in a variety of colors and textures. You can choose to use just one kind throughout or you can spice things up by mixing and matching complementary stones.


The key to using boulders is to incorporate them seamlessly into landscaping. They shouldn’t just look like large rocks placed in the yard. Instead choose boulders that look natural in your environment from color to kind to size. We also suggest placing boulders in groups as opposed to individually and planting it into the ground as opposed to just sitting it on top. Boulders can also be used in outdoor water features such as this one using Holey Limestone boulders. Keep in mind that boulders are a big commitment due to the size and so it’s best to have a plan before the boulders are placed.


No matter your budget well-planned and well-maintained landscaping can really tie the look of a home together. Remember the key to good landscaping is making it look as natural as possible. From the plants to the stone, proper landscaping will add value to your home for years to come.


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