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Shown here is the Arenal Volcano located in north-western Costa Rica in the district of La Fortuna. The volcano was dormant for hundreds of years until, in 1968, it erupted unexpectedly, destroying the small town of Tabacon. If you visit the hot springs at Tabacon today you may notice that all the cars are backed in to there spaces – just in case. U.S. Geological Survey says there are at least 169 active volcanoes in the United States. Lava Rock technically is molten or “liquid” rock that come out of a erupting volcano at temperature of 1,300—2,000 degrees. When lava cools it forms igneous rock. Depending on where and for how long the lava cools it can form different types of rock, including: Basalt, Obsidian, Volcanic Rock and many others. Volcanic Lava Rock is very porous and weighs less than half that of other landscape materials making it easy to transport and spread. Lava Rock insulates the soil from heat and cold. Studies show that lava rock is more effective in retaining moisture in topsoil, than wood mulch products. It helps better regulate moisture in the ground and will not rot, decay or be subject to color fade like wood mulches, making it a permanent mulch replacement. Local and Nationwide delivery available 6 days a week. Call Today, to order Black Lava Rock.
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Black Lava Rock Landscaping

Landscape Rock Earth First offers a distinct variety of naturally colored decorative landscaping rock. Our colored landscape rock is a great alternative to mulch and can make your garden or hardscape project stand out. Rock is perfect for pathways, landscape beds, ground cover, ponds and other water features. Call us today to get your landscape gravel delivered or pick it up at one of our 5 Kentuckiana locations and save. Choosing a Landscape Gravel Size and shape also vary widely. Aggregate size ranges from 3/8″ to 2″ or more in diameter, and is the main factor in determining the depth of application. Aggregate shape determines the surface pattern and texture, with rounded aggregates offering the best coverage and a smoother surface, while angular varieties add texture and dimension. Earth First decorative landscape rock Varieties Black Lava Rock 1 ton covers 200 square ft, 2 inches deep Red Lava Rock 1 ton covers 220 square ft, 2 inches deep Brick Chips 1 ton covers 130 square ft, 2 inches deep *only available at the Sellersburg location* Cranberry Granite 1 ton covers 130 square ft, 2 inches deep Chocolate Chip 1 ton covers 150 square ft, 2 inches deep Slate Chips 1.5 tons covers 200 square ft, 2 inches deep. *only available at Charlestown & Outer Loop location* Georgia White Marble 1 ton covers 130 square ft, 2 inches deep *only available at Charlestown & Outer Loop location* Moon Rock 1 ton covers 125 square ft, 2 inches deep *only available at Greenville, Charlestown and Outer Loop* Solite 1 ton covers 240 square ft, 2 inches deep Maylen Black 1 ton covers 90 square ft, 2 inches deep *only available at Charlestown & Outer Loop location* Red Granite Sun Gold
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Black Lava Rock Landscaping

Red lava rock, technically called scoria is a colorful addition to a garden; some suppliers also sell black lava rock, which garners its visual impact from texture, alone. The red coloration is formed during eruption due to the oxidation of iron. A favorite for desert landscapes, lava rock will work best where it mirrors the surrounding terrain or is designed to be a standout feature, such as an island bed. Relative to other rock mulches, lava is lightweight, so less costly to transport and less onerous to move into the garden for spreading.
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Black Lava Rock Landscaping

Pros for Gardeners Red lava rock, technically called scoria is a colorful addition to a garden; some suppliers also sell black lava rock, which garners its visual impact from texture, alone. The red coloration is formed during eruption due to the oxidation of iron. A favorite for desert landscapes, lava rock will work best where it mirrors the surrounding terrain or is designed to be a standout feature, such as an island bed. Relative to other rock mulches, lava is lightweight, so less costly to transport and less onerous to move into the garden for spreading.
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Black Lava Rock Landscaping

Rock mulches don’t break down as quickly as organic mulches, but lava rock can wash or blow away if you use it in exposed locations. New Mexico State University Extension specialists recommend installing lava rock at least an inch below sidewalk level to reduce its movement out of planting beds. Despite being lightweight, lava rocks can damage mower blades if pieces end up on your lawn. Even if they remain where you place them, lava rocks’ sharp edges make the material difficult to work around, so it is best used in permanent plantings or other locations where maintenance tasks are minimal.
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Black Lava Rock Landscaping

Cons for Gardeners Rock mulches don’t break down as quickly as organic mulches, but lava rock can wash or blow away if you use it in exposed locations. New Mexico State University Extension specialists recommend installing lava rock at least an inch below sidewalk level to reduce its movement out of planting beds. Despite being lightweight, lava rocks can damage mower blades if pieces end up on your lawn. Even if they remain where you place them, lava rocks’ sharp edges make the material difficult to work around, so it is best used in permanent plantings or other locations where maintenance tasks are minimal.
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Black Lava Rock Landscaping

U.S. Geological Survey says there are at least 169 active volcanoes in the United States. Lava Rock technically is molten or “liquid” rock that come out of a erupting volcano at temperature of 1,300—2,000 degrees. When lava cools it forms igneous rock. Depending on where and for how long the lava cools it can form different types of rock, including: Basalt, Obsidian, Volcanic Rock and many others.
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Black Lava Rock Landscaping

Volcanic Lava Rock is very porous and weighs less than half that of other landscape materials making it easy to transport and spread. Lava Rock insulates the soil from heat and cold. Studies show that lava rock is more effective in retaining moisture in topsoil, than wood mulch products. It helps better regulate moisture in the ground and will not rot, decay or be subject to color fade like wood mulches, making it a permanent mulch replacement.
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Mulching serves a critical function in temperature and moisture moderation. Lava rock absorbs heat during the day and releases it during the night. Rock mulches generally slow evaporation from the soil, although if days are warm, dark mulch means higher temperatures, with faster evaporation. If installed with a fabric weed barrier underneath, lava rock creates an effective weed suppressant.
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Pros for Plants Mulching serves a critical function in temperature and moisture moderation. Lava rock absorbs heat during the day and releases it during the night. Rock mulches generally slow evaporation from the soil, although if days are warm, dark mulch means higher temperatures, with faster evaporation. If installed with a fabric weed barrier underneath, lava rock creates an effective weed suppressant.
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A layer of mulch, whether organic or inorganic, gives your landscape an attractive, finished look. Lava rock is one of many commercially available inorganic mulching materials. Inorganic mulches won’t add nutrients to your garden or improve soil characteristics, but have the advantage of lasting longer than organic materials. The relative permanence of inorganic mulches makes it important to weigh if a material such as lava rock is a good choice for your mulching needs.
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Aesthetics are an important component of mulching. If you are concerned about curb appeal for enhancing real estate values, consider that red lava rock may be unappealing to some — and if you don’t like how lava rock looks after you’ve installed it as mulch, it is difficult and costly to remove. The rocks can also be used by neighborhood vandals to scratch graffiti onto surfaces.
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Cons for Real Estate Aesthetics are an important component of mulching. If you are concerned about curb appeal for enhancing real estate values, consider that red lava rock may be unappealing to some — and if you don’t like how lava rock looks after you’ve installed it as mulch, it is difficult and costly to remove. The rocks can also be used by neighborhood vandals to scratch graffiti onto surfaces.
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Choosing the Right Rocks for Your Landscape The rocks you choose will help set the tone for the rest of your garden. Tawny beach pebbles or river rocks add warmth, while white marble chips help brighten up shady areas. Flat terracotta stones complement a tropical landscape, but can seem out of place in a more formal garden. For a minimalist modern landscape or Polynesian-themed garden, try black lava rocks. Check out photos of rockscapes online to see what appeals to you. Because stones last indefinitely, it’s important to choose a look you’ll be happy with for many years. Replace Mulch Rocks may be more expensive than mulch, but they have several advantages as a groundcover. The first is durability. Mulch must be replaced every season, while rocks can last the lifetime of your garden. Another advantage is that pale-colored stones provide striking contrast against deep-colored foliage and help brighten up shady corners of your landscape. “Call attention to a favorite shrub or specimen tree by surrounding it with medium-sized river stones. This creates the effect of a ‘living sculpture’,” says landscape architect Maureen Smith. Rocks will also discourage weed growth around your prized plant, but for the best results, install a weed barrier before putting the stones in place. Plant a Rock Garden For a more exotic look, add a rock garden to your landscape. Choose an area that gets plenty of sun and install two or three small boulders. Surround the boulders with closely spaced low-lying flowers, such as portulaca (left), ground orchids or decorative cactus. Carefully fill in the gaps with smaller stones that complement the color of your boulders. Create a Centerpiece A large, unusually-shaped boulder can serve as an eye-catching focal point. Use as a tidy, low-maintenance centerpiece in a small garden, where an ornamental shrub might become too large or unruly. In larger gardens, a rock centerpiece can add visual interest to monotonous border areas, such as hedges. Build a Pond Border Large rocks are the key to giving your backyard pond that fairytale look. The right type of stone will help camouflage unsightly black pond liners and provide contrast to the dark pond water. Avoid using even rectangular pavers. For the most natural effect, choose rocks that are similar in size but irregular in shape and color. Create a Low-Maintenance Container Garden Instead of setting up a container garden on your deck or patio, where the pots need regular watering, place them in a rockscape that’s within reach of your sprinkler system. Line the area with a weed barrier and set the containers on top. Cut holes in the barrier, so the bottoms of the pots can fit through and settle into the soil. Make sure the pots have adequate holes for drainage. Surround the pots with small stones in a complementary color. The result is a striking container garden that gets watered whenever your sprinklers come on. Make a Stepping Stone Path A stepping stone path is a picturesque option for those shady areas alongside your house, where there is too little sun for most plants to thrive. It’s also a practical way to keep shoes clean when walking up to a side door or back door. For a tidy look, surround large stepping stones with small pebbles in a contrasting color.

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