BackyardLandscape-mediumTired of the same old, same old in your backyard? Look no further than stone to change things up and feel like you have a whole new yard for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Use river stones to replace mulch

Call attention to your favorite tree or shrub in your backyard by replacing mulch with medium-sized river stones. The stones will last years longer than mulch and provide a contrast to everything else in the yard.

However, stones are not always the best at keeping weeds away, so make sure you add weed protection before laying them. And, make sure to choose stones of varying sizes to create the most realistic look.

Make a stepping stone path

Kiss traditional concrete goodbye in favor of sleek stones. Start with a finer stone, like crushed granite, as a foundation—then add larger stones on top as accents.

The larger stones will also create a clearer walking path and prevent pebbles from being tracked inside your home — which can be troublesome for all types of flooring.

Create an outdoor fire pit

Who doesn’t love kicking back around a fire on a crisp fall evening? A stone fire pit provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. You can choose from pre-assembled stone fire pits, or go DIY and build your own. Either method will result in a finished product that’s practically begging for its first S’more.

Turn a fire pit into a fireplace

You can use a fire pit to extend your outdoor season after cold weather hits, or use it as an outdoor oven when it’s too hot to cook inside. Either way, stacked stone is the perfect material for the job. It comes in a variety of shapes and colors to suit your taste and can withstand the heat necessary for cooking or outdoor enjoyment in cold temperatures.