- Landscape Rock
There are many good reasons for using decorative
Decorative look accents grass, trees, walls, etc.
Low maintenance after installation
Economy (especially when used in problem soil areas)
Ease and speed of installation, with minimal preparation
Multiple use (areas covered with decorative rock my be driven on or parked
No water use, perfect for arid climate, or water restricted areas.
There are many sizes and colors of rock to choose from for walkways,
borders, and driveways. To customize your landscape, see our display areas
to find the product best suited for you.
Material quantity can be determined by computing the square footage of
the area being landscaped. Measure the length of the area and multiply
by the width of the area to get your square footage. Need help? Bring
a diagram of your area with measurement to our sales staff.
Length x Width = Square Footage
1 ton of 3/8", ¾", or 1 ½" rock will cover:
120 sq. ft 2" deep
80 sq. ft 3" deep
60 sq. ft 4" deep
40 sq. ft 6" deep
To estimate your rock at a 3" depth:
Square Footage divided by 80 = tons
Underlayment (weed barrier)
Miscellaneous hand tools
Designate the area to be covered, and clean off any existing debris and
weeds. Then calculate the square footage and tonnage needed for your project.
For walkways or high-traffic areas, breeze, roadbase, or a ¾"
rock is recommended. Where foot traffic is not expected on slopes, borders,
or around foundations, a 1 ½" rock is most popular. When steep
slopes are encountered, we recommend a 2" - 4"" or 5"-
12" "rip rap" for the best results.
Select your underlayment. Plastic has long been a popular and cost efficient
weed control and water - repellent material. At least a 6 mil thick plastic
is recommended to control weeds and maximize drainage near foundations,
as water will run over this material. It is important to keep drainage
away from foundations. Landscape Fabric has several advantages. Fabric
will allow water to penetrate, while still controlling weed growth. This
allows you to install material close to plant material. Fabric will also
outlast plastic by not breaking down due to extreme temperatures or ultraviolet
When your edging has been installed and your materials have been selected,
you are ready to begin the installation. It is important to be generous
with your underlayment, as you only get one chance to install it. Overlap
your underlayment 4" at the joints and 3" at your edges and
foundations. This will allow you proper coverage when you install your
rock. Always overlap so that any drainage flows over your joints rather
Begin your installation at the bottom or low end of the area for two reasons:
First, this will act as a building block or foundation to work from, and
second, should allow you to walk over already installed rock, rather than
When your rock is placed, smooth out the highs and lows with a rake or
shovel for a uniform appearance. All landscape rock will have a certain
percentage of fines (dirt) when delivered. Finally, you must wash your
rock down with a garden hose to clean off any fines and enhance its natural
Information thanks: PioneerSand