Utility sand is an extremely versatile product. With the right application and creative idea, you can turn an ordinary backyard into a landscaping dream. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be a challenge to come up with clever and inventive ways to use a somewhat generic material. We figured we’d give you a push in the right direction with these three ways to use utility sand in your yard.
- Sand Bed: If you live in the southern U.S. — or simply prefer its climate and flora — you know that grass is hard to come by. Many homeowners switch to the very low-maintenance utility sand and rock lawns to conserve water without sacrificing appearance. Succulents and cacti thrive in sand, but you must make sure your climate is suited to their health before beginning your own sand and rock garden.
- Natural Sandbox: Kids love to play in the sand. Encourage imagination by building them a sandbox of their own; they can even help you design and construct the final product as an added bonding experience. Soon enough, your afternoons will be filled with sand castles and grand adventures.
- Modernize It: You don’t need to love the south to crave the simplicity of a sand or rock garden. In fact, many modern homes (especially those with small yards) are doing away with grass voluntarily because lawn care can be so taxing. With the right design, your sand and rock yard will carry the sophistication of a well-manicured lawn without actually needing any real manicuring. Let the stress of yard work go by transforming your green oasis into a desert oasis and bask in the relaxation.
The creativity doesn’t have to stop at sand. Crushed rocks, washed gravel, and rockery rocks can all contribute to a backyard that is elegantly styled, and uniquely your own. In fact, approximately 38% of homeowners are interested in upgrading their driveways to the more rare gravel and crushed rock look. Landscapes are very flexible when it comes to design; rather than sticking to the classic (and somewhat boring) clean-cut backyard, experiment with landscaping rocks and see where your imagination takes you.