Foundlings in the garden - Tips for selection, design and care

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They were already used in the Stone Age and still find use today: boulders. Here we show you how you can use them to design your garden.

Foundlings are great eye-catchers

If you want to enhance your garden with particularly attractive natural stones, it is best to pick a boulder. These natural stones are not only real eye-catchers in the garden, they usually also tell a story. After all, boulders are stones that were transported through glaciers during ice ages and deposited in their current position. There they lie, until they are found and come into the trade. Hence the name "boulders".

We would now like to give you a few tips on how to choose the suitable boulder for your garden and later put it perfectly in scene and care.

Further processing of the foundling

Before a foundling enters our garden, it is usually subjected to a special treatment in the specialized trade. Not only to perfect its splendor, but also to craft true works of art. Where every foundling is unique in itself and thus represents a unique!

In the processing of boulders originate primarily spring pools, source stones, obelisks, columns and steles. On special customer request but also special forms such. Balls, animals, flowers, etc. carved out of stone. With boulders you can also create beautiful water features. For example, they can be used partly as water dispensers or as pools. Several boulders draped over each other, also create a beautiful garden waterfall.

Selection of the right foundling

Always prefer solitaire stones, which are nowadays no longer only available in garden shops from the riverbeds and mountains of Germany, but can also come from Asia, South America, etc. Because of this, you can find in the trade quite exotic boulders in a variety of colors and patterns (Marmorisierungen). Very popular are, for example, lunar and Amazonian stones, as well as ocean, tubular, marble and granite stones.

But keep in mind: Depending on the age, a single boulder can easily reach a weight of over 100 kilograms up to 800 kilograms and more! This is also the price for a foundling. So it depends mostly on the weight and the varieties. So if you do not want to spend too much money on a boulder, then it's best to seek advice from the dealer.

Tips for designing with boulders

➤ Tip 1 - Set up Findling as a "sculpture":

You can set up a boulder anywhere in your garden - it will always attract all eyes magically. However, you can get even more attention if you place it specifically in the garden. For example, you could set up a particularly large boulder on fine gravel. He then looks particularly elegant and graceful.

➤ Tip 2 - Integrate boulder in the flower / herb bed:

But you can also stage a foundling in a different way. For example, you can integrate it in a flowerbed or in your herb garden. Simply place in the bed and then transplant around with grasses, flowers, etc., so that it looks like the stone has always been there.

➤ Tip 3 - Enhance garden pond with boulder:

If you have a relatively flat garden pond, you can upgrade it with a boulder. Just place somewhere in the pond, give some smaller stones and maybe pond plants around it and you've already created a real eye-catcher.

Tips for the care of boulders

➤ Tip 1:

Especially when the boulders frequently come into contact with water, quickly green algae settle on them. These should be scrubbed twice a year with a simple brush.

➤ Tip 2:

You should also make sure that you wash animal droppings (for example from birds) as quickly as possible from your foundling. If necessary, you can sometimes clean your boulder with a special natural stone cleaner, for example in moss formation and the like.

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