It’s true we gathered rocks one at a time to create this enormous rock path; this wasn’t my original plan. Originally, I applied a thick layer of mulch and it was perfect and so comfy on my feet.
Then heavy rains arrived and washed it away; I call this poor planning on my part.
It would have been super easy to give up at that point, instead Robert and I put our heads together and came up with a fix to detour the issues so we could establish a walk path that wouldn’t wash away.
First, we started by installing a tree trunk border back in March; that project can be found here.
This little addition also took a few months and it redirected heavy rainfall to the creek instead of washing and flooding away progress.
Picking Up Rocks
Now let’s go back even a little further because since we started clearing land I’ve been stepping and tripping over rocks nonstop. I decided to pick them up and use to fill in low areas thinking at some point another idea would spark.
Then lightning struck and those rocks suddenly had a purpose that would involve this rock path. Robert said, “That’s a lot of rocks.” I responded with, “we have plenty and this will be my project.”
He did help here and there but for the most part this was my project and I wanted to see it through. Sometimes when you have a vision you just can’t let it go.
Picking up rocks began in the evenings as a way to unwind and believe it or not I’ve actually enjoyed it.
Sometimes these rocks are sitting right on top of the ground and others need a little coaxing to be released. It’s been an interesting process as each one is different, some very pretty and petrified wood also surfaced.
My Rock Gathering Equipment
My Rock gathering equipment consisted of a bucket, gloves, hand claw and for those days when I really wanted massive progress the wheelbarrow.
The hand claw was perfect because what sometimes looked like a small rock often turned into a little boulder. This process of gathering went on for months which helped me work through some things that had been bothering me. Do you ever find a project to help you work through things?
Dumping Rocks on Mulch
If you’re wondering did I lay plastic or cloth prior to rock dumping, absolutely not and I’ll tell you why. When I was a kid we had a rock wall in the front yard and they lined the ground in front with plastic then filled it with rocks. Weeds popped through every year and my brother Gary and I had to pull them out every summer.
We hated it and eventually they filled that space with concrete.
I didn’t want to repeat that so with my project I decided to rake up that washed away mulch and used it as a thick base then pour the rocks over the top.
So far this has worked perfectly and for any weeds that may transpire I’ll pour vinegar to remove. That little piece of crab grass in the top photo was a quick dig out right down to the bare roots.
Lining the Walk Path
Since one side of the walk path was lined with the tree border I thought about doing that on the opposite side. Robert looked at me and before I even had a chance to say anything and said, “NO!”
That border was a lot of work because each log had to be cut with the chain saw and then also cut at an angel.
Since I agreed with “NO” I decided to use those boulder rocks as my edge and it’s worked perfectly. You might remember I also placed my seed starter box along this side and plan to add a few more when things cool down.
The Next Step to Finish
The next part of the walk path to finish is right before my herb beds that also take us to the bridge; I haven’t quite decided how this space should travel. However, I think for this extension I may need to head out to the rest of our acreage for additional rocks.
Gathering rocks reminded me that I really do prefer landscaping using elements from nature instead of man-made materials. It just looks like it belongs and it speaks volumes about God’s amazing ability to provide our needs.
If you have rocks on your property think about what you could do with them and start gathering.