Fall is for Stonescaping

September 30, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark

Except for the intrepid cool weather crop gardener, this time of the year most folk are hanging up their trowels and rakes for the season. And while the fall weather may not be conducive to a bounty of blossoms in your landscape, it is a perfect time to do a little hardscaping. Hardscaping elements—walkways, paths, garden walls, water features—are the backbone of any yard. You begin with a good plan as to how you like to use areas of your yard (relaxing, entertaining, vegetable gardening) and build the foundation. Patios for cook-outs and dining alfresco, water features to soothe the nerves,  garden beds for planting veggies, herbs, shrubs, and flowers and paths and walkways to navigate it all.

The cooler temperatures of the season are perfect for working with stone. Whether you’re building a patio, firepit, or retaining wall out of rock, the crispness in the air will boost your energy level. The Complete Guide to Stonescaping:Dry-Stacking, Mortaring, Paving & Gardenscaping by David Reed is 216 pages of basic what-you-need-to-know-about-stone know-how and instructions for how to build walls, paths, patios, steps, terraces, and borders. This book is a compilation of David’s two popular titles: The Art and Craft of Stonescaping and The Art & Craft of Stonework.


Hundreds of detailed how-to illustrations and step-by-step photographs remove the intimidation factor and help weekend stoneworkers create beautiful and useful stone projects that can be enjoyed for years to come.


A generous gallery of stonework project ideas provides tons of inspiration.


And a “before and after” photo section illustrates the possibilities.


As author David Reed tells us, “Stacking and laying stone are more popular today than ever. Why? In our high-tech world, stonescaping allows us the rare opportunity to reconnect with our natural surroundings. What’s more, working with stone offers tangible, deeply satisfying, and lasting rewards. Set three stones to make a garden bench or stack a small retaining wall—just a few feet long a couple of feet high—and you’ll know exactly what I mean…If you can handle a shovel, wield a hammer, and lift small stones, and if you’re eager to spend some time outdoors, the world of stonescaping is yours.”