When you think of creative limestone ideas for around the home, what comes to mind?
Often thought of as a substance used for making countertops, columns, fireplace surrounds, floors, and other decorative elements inside the home, limestone, in its crushed form, is a versatile and affordable natural material that can also enhance your home’s exterior living spaces, both to beautify and protect.
To illustrate, consider these five creative limestone ideas for outside the home.
1. Drainage Ditches
Building a drainage ditch is often necessary to keep rainwater from pooling around a home’s exterior, particularly where there is a heavy runoff. It’s common to line the ditch with gravel or crushed stone to prevent soil erosion. In those cases, crushed limestone makes an excellent choice.
Depending on the degree of runoff, you can use varying sizes of limestone (we have several grades to choose from), with larger ones acting as stabilizers and smaller ones as fillers.
A winding footpath adds character and a nice finishing touch to any backyard or garden. It’s also inexpensive and simple to construct when you use finely-crushed limestone. All you have to do is remove the sod, roll out landscape fabric, and spread the stone.
If you’re looking for a more affordable and scenic alternative to an asphalt or gravel driveway, consider crushed limestone.
Limestone is much less costly than asphalt — particularly if you have a long driveway — and offers all of the benefits of gravel but provides aesthetically-attractive natural coloration options, from soft tan to grayish-white, depending on the gradient used.
Also, unlike asphalt, which can develop cracks over time, limestone is less affected by the weather and allows water to pass through. It also requires less maintenance than other driveway options.
4. Ground Cover
Crushed limestone makes an excellent ground cover to improve the appearance of landscaped areas, especially where turf grasses or other organic materials are hard to maintain. Lay down landscape fabric before installing the stone to add an extra layer of protection from weeds.
5. Soil Enrichment
Crushed limestone is nutrient rich and can boost plant, lawn flower, and vegetable growth. It also neutralizes lawn acidity or alkalinity and regulates the soil’s pH level. So, whether you’re growing crops in your garden or just want to improve the look of your lawn, consider crushed limestone as an option.
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For large orders, consider our light-weight white limestone. It’s 10% less in mass compared to grey limestone, which can add up to substantial project savings. You get more coverage with less material — and save on transportation costs, too.
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