Rock Walls and Piles

Photo © Stephen Ritchie

Rock Solid

Want to add a unique habitat feature to your yard? Get yourself a rock pile. Not only are artfully arranged rocks attractive, but they support a diversity of plants and animals. Insects, amphibians, small mammals, and even some species of birds will use the nooks and crannies between rocks to hide, nest, or over-winter. You can make space for larger animals, like toads, by digging out a shallow depression before stacking your rocks.

New rock pile and plantings

Its easy to start small, and add to your rock pile over time.

Photo © Katie Lynn

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Many people think of rocky spaces in their yards–those with gravely, dry, or sandy soils–as subpar locations. You can unlock their potential by creating a rock garden filled to the brim with plants and animals that are extremely successful in such locations: cactus, crocuses, cosmos, wild strawberry, columbines, and a whole wonderland of succulents.

Garden in Minature

By making the most of scarce moisture, succulents can survive in habitats that are far too dry for most other plants.

Photo © Colin Whiteley

Rock Out

Rock piles and walls can serve different multiple purposes at once. They can simultaneously provide microhabitat and:

  • Mark the corners of a property
  • Line a raised bed garden
  • Give structure to a water feature
  • Lend visual interest to a planting

Rock of ages

In the United States, rock piles with a long history can be found throughout natural areas. Many of these piles were created by Native American tribes as markers for important places or to give directions. Some were created by farmers who removed them from cultivated fields. Give a nod to the rich history of your land by embracing a rock pile.

Big Climbable Rockpile

Rock piles are fun for people too!

Photo © Lynda Giddens

Add a Rock to your Map

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First, find the rock object to place it on your map. It is located in the Tool Shed under Second. Scroll to the right using the arrows on the toolbar that pops up to find the rock object. Click it once to select it then click on the map where’d you’d like to place it and drag it open to the size you’d like. You can always change it’s size and position using the lock/unlock from editing box.

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Double click on the rock to add important data and show off your conservation efforts. You can give your rock a name or title in Basic Information. Then click Characteristics to tell us about it. Don’t forget, you can also make comments about the rock pile and upload pictures of it. We want to see how your habitat rocks.

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