Drawing people out of their homes and into their landscapes is an important part of our work, but we also know we need to keep projects with in budget. One of my favorite ways to do this is with boulders. Here boulders not only retain the soil for fewer dollars than a stucco or rock wall would use (no need for foundation, skilled masonry, etc.), and the maintenance cost for a boulder are nonexistent. Stucco walls in the garden tend to take lots of abuse, so they need maintenance more often than stucco walls that are part of a house. Meanwhile, these boulders become furniture to sit on, to place a plate, a drink, a phone, or a book on. And this furniture is FREE. It’s part of the package, and it never needs to be stained, painted, or washed like wood, metal, and plastic outdoor furniture inevitably requires.