Fieldstone is one of the most common rocks in and around Nashville. You may not even realize how much there is until you understand what it is. Fieldstone is the stone and rock that is found in the ground, often when farmers till their fields, hence the name. With all the construction going on, lots of fieldstone is also found during the grading of building sites.
It’s been common in landscaping and to delineate property in the area for decades. If you look at some of the older homes, you may notice stone walls. As the farmers accumulated rock in fields, they needed something to do with it, so they often built the stone walls around their property.
Uses for Fieldstone Around Your Home
You’re not likely to put fieldstone around your entire home, however, there are many great uses for it. Because fieldstone isn’t quarried, you can buy just the right size and shapes for your purpose. It’s often flat, making it ideal for many projects. Here are a few common ways to use it:
- Around your garden area
- For a walkway or walking path
- To create a firepit
- In a rock garden
Of course, if you’re looking to define your property, you can create a stack stone wall much like those you see throughout the area.
Selecting Your Rock
You can find many different hues, shapes, and sizes. Much of the fieldstone that comes from local sources is limestone, as that is our state rock. That means it’s often grey in color. However, it’s also granite or sandstone based so there are different hues, from browns to reds. No two stones are exactly alike and that’s some of the beauty in using it for your landscaping.
Because your home has different colors, you can work with us to find the right selection of stone to complete your project. If you’re planning a rock garden, choose some larger pieces for a statement and some smaller ones to highlight it. If you’re building a fire pit, you’ll want more square and flat stones. Walkways, of course, need flat stone. If you’re planning a wall, around your property or garden, you’ll probably want some of varying shapes and sizes.
Fieldstone is common and versatile, and for that reason, it’s a popular option for homeowners who come to The Rock Place. If you’d like to see our selection of rock and stone and get some help selecting just the right stones for your project, come by 475 Wade Herrod Road in Smyrna. If you have questions before you come, call us at (615) 459-9200.