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Types Of Landscaping Stone

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As we continue up the size scale, we come to rainbow rock. As with most other types of landscaping rock and stone, this item goes by many different names. It’s larger than the types of stone we’ve discussed above, but smaller than boulders.
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Types Of Landscaping Stone

More than anything else, the hardscapes you add to your landscape give it structure and aesthetic appeal. Hardscapes include paths, patios and driveways and you’ll find numerous materials at your local landscaping supply company from which to choose. Slabs of rock are usually the costliest materials for edging and building materials, but smaller rocks are a durable and affordable option. Below, we’ve included information on the most common types of landscaping rocks: pea gravel, gravel, crushed stone, river rocks and decomposed granite.
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Types Of Landscaping Stone

That’s where this article comes in. On this page, I’ve listed some of the most common types of landscaping rock and stone materials used by professional landscapers. How you use these materials is limited only by your imagination. But knowing what is available is the first step to success, so let’s talk about your options.
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Types Of Landscaping Stone

This is a versatile type of landscaping rock and can be used for many purposes. It also comes in a variety of sizes, which increases the versatility of this rock. For example, you can use law for rock boulders has an accent piece within your overall landscaping design, or you can use crushed lava rock as a ground cover for your yard or walkways.
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Types Of Landscaping Stone

You’ll find something for every project and budget: gravel—including Class 5 and pea gravel—pebbles, crushed stone, river rocks, riprap, wall stones, flagstone, boulders, natural rock steppers and stone slabs. Sizes range from ¼” diameter up to boulders weighing hundreds of pounds. 
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Types Of Landscaping Stone

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo PRO Cell-Tek Geosynthetics LLC Jessie, yes it would be more economical to purchase the gravel by the cubic yard. You may also want to consider Gravel-Lok which is a polyurethane-based binder that locks the stone together yet it still remains permeable. You can use any size stone from 1/8″ up to 2-1/2″. The person who wrote the article above says they like the sound of gravel ‘crunching under your feet’. This would not be the case with Gravel-Lok, however, the benefits are abundant. Since the stones are locked together, there is no problem whatsoever in walking on that area with high heels or using a wheelchair, or moving a lawnmower or other wheeled equipment over the area. And, small pebbles will not stick to your shoes; you will not track the small pebbles to other parts of your yard or house. www.gravellok.com 1 Like August 30, 2016 at 8:33AM
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Types Of Landscaping Stone

Cell-Tek Geosynthetics LLC Jessie, yes it would be more economical to purchase the gravel by the cubic yard. You may also want to consider Gravel-Lok which is a polyurethane-based binder that locks the stone together yet it still remains permeable. You can use any size stone from 1/8″ up to 2-1/2″. The person who wrote the article above says they like the sound of gravel ‘crunching under your feet’. This would not be the case with Gravel-Lok, however, the benefits are abundant. Since the stones are locked together, there is no problem whatsoever in walking on that area with high heels or using a wheelchair, or moving a lawnmower or other wheeled equipment over the area. And, small pebbles will not stick to your shoes; you will not track the small pebbles to other parts of your yard or house. www.gravellok.com 1 Like August 30, 2016 at 8:33AM

Types Of Landscaping Stone

River rock landscaping and xeriscaping are very popular as water conservation is becoming increasingly important. There are different sizes and colors to choose from. Jumbo rainbow rock is a very popular choice for xeriscaping, dry creek beds, as well as ground covers. Rainbow rock is known for providing the nicest mix of colors.
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Pea gravel comes in a wide variety of colors, which only adds to their visual appeal. Due to the small size of this landscaping rock material, it is generally used as a ground covering. You can also use it to make a dry riverbed survey by creating a border and then filling it in doubles.
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Lava rock is extremely popular in the dry climates of the Southwest, in places such as Phoenix, Arizona. Having a lawn full of grass is impractical in such an arid environment; so many homeowners fill their entire yard and would love a rock, plants and other landscaping features. When done properly, this can create attractive yard while minimizing the need for watering.

Boulders can be used as visual “anchor points” in your overall landscape design. In our backyard, we have a boulder surrounded by ornamental grasses, and it sits in a place where the pool deck intersects with the back porch. This gives a more natural feel to what was previously a boring, 90-degree concrete area. This is just one of many uses for this type of landscaping rock — there are plenty of other applications.
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When planning a landscape, your first priority may be plants, but rocks should also be part of your plan. Landscaping rocks provide focal points and add vertical features to an otherwise flat area. Rocks can also be functional by creating barriers, serving as mulch and helping with drainage. You can choose from one type of rock or add several kinds depending on your landscape needs.
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Installation tips: Lay down commercial-grade landscaping fabric to keep weeds at bay, although these fabrics won’t eliminate every weed. Pull any weeds that appear by hand or apply an organic herbicide. Don’t allow the weeds to get ahead of you. Unless you’re finishing a small area, it’s usually most economical to order rocks by the truckload, rather than buying them by the bag.
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Flagstone is a term used to describe flat pieces of stone that can be used for decorative and/or functional purposes. You can use flags going to create a patio or a walkway. You can put flagstone directly into the ground, but it’s better to use some kind of base material such as crushed granite or paving sand. This gives you a nice flat surface to put the flagstone pieces on, and they can then be filled in to prevent sliding or shifting.

If I were to ever use rocks and stones for decorating, I would choose either crushed stone, or river rocks. I’m a fan of smooth stones, with a variety of colors. I would love to have a path with some of those stones, or just use them to give my yard a more natural look. Thanks for the information and advice!

Comments Pancho Cham says April 6, 2016 at 9:46 am If I were to ever use rocks and stones for decorating, I would choose either crushed stone, or river rocks. I’m a fan of smooth stones, with a variety of colors. I would love to have a path with some of those stones, or just use them to give my yard a more natural look. Thanks for the information and advice! Reply
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Pea gravel for playgrounds, walkways, and paths are other areas these products can be used. These rock types can be used to compliment features in your yard, or to make subtle grade changes. Whatever the reason, we hope you find this article helpful.
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Rainbow rock can be used to form a border around a garden or other landscape features, or it could be used as a ground cover. It’s called rainbow rock because it comes in such a wide variety of color. Technically, this product is generally comprised of many different types of landscape rock, which is what accounts for the color variation. But it is commonly sold as a single product and labeled as rainbow rock for landscape purposes.

Special considerations: There are several different types of pea gravel, and some are significantly more expensive (rainbow gravel, for example). Be sure you know the difference when you are choosing your gravel to avoid sticker shock upon checkout.
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Maintenance: As with other types of rock, stay on top of weeding, as once weeds get out of control, it’s very difficult to remove them. Use a blower to remove seasonal debris, like fallen leaves and soil. Installing landscape fabric underneath river rock is a great way to keep this heavier rock from settling into the soil below

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