How to Lay Boulders in the Landscape


When your garden calls for something dramatic, place a boulder amid your plants. To ensure that the boulder looks natural in the landscape, the area must be properly prepared. You can place a boulder with a little effort and a few basic garden supplies.

Step 1

Walk around your garden to determine the precise placement for the boulder, then place a large box or container there to simulate the boulder in the landscape. Step back and determine if you like the effect.

Step 2

Draw a line on the landscape with chalk to mark where you will place the boulder.

Step 3

Dig into the marked area with a shovel and remove enough soil so that approximately 1/3 of the boulder will be under the soil. Put the removed soil aside.

Step 4

Cut a piece of landscape fabric that is large enough so it will extend approximately 2 feet out from the edges of the boulder. Spread the landscape fabric in the excavated area and press it into place.

Step 5

Lift the boulder onto a tree dolly with the help of an assistant, then move the boulder into position.

Step 6

Shovel the excavated soil onto the landscape fabric that extends from under the boulder. Apply 2 inches of mulch over the soil to finish covering the landscape fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Large box or container
  • Chalk
  • Work gloves
  • Shovel
  • Landscape fabric
  • Scissors
  • Tree dolly
  • Mulch (wood chips or shredded bark)


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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.