How Much Do Landscaping Rocks Cost?

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Landscaping rocks are going to add the needed beauty to make your yard look complete.  There are many landscaping rocks available, from artificial ones to the larger rocks that are brought in by a crane.  The cost of these landscaping rocks is going to depend on the size, the type, the quantity, and the service selling them.

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  • Landscape rocks can be broken down into the following categories:  landscape rock, boulders, river rock, sand and rip rap.
  • Popular sizes of smaller landscaping rocks include 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and one inch.
  • For smaller rocks, many local nurseries and landscaping companies may deliver right to your doorstep if a certain price is met.

Type of landscape rock

  • Boulders will be your “anchor points” in the yard and can stand on its own or be surrounded by ornamental grass.
  • Crushed granite will be similar to decomposed granite but it will be chunkier and larger in size.  This granite can come in red and beige colors and will make a nice pathway rock because of its texture and look.  However, as a disadvantage, it can be hard to locate a source for this work and because of this, can be costlier to truck in.
  • Decomposed granite will be either tan or red in color and look more like dirt from a distance since it has been weathered to the point of breaking down.  This rock will be small in size and is designed to replace areas that may use asphalt or concrete, like a driveway.  It’s readily available and can be very inexpensive.  The only downfall, however, is it can track on the bottom of your shoes, causing damage to hardwood floors.
  • Flagstone will be a flat piece of stone commonly used as a walkway.  This decorative stone will lay directly on the ground and will often use a base material such as paving sand or crushed granite.
  • Lava rock will be mined from volcanic lava domes and will be completely red in color but can also be black.  This rock can come in many sizes and can be very versatile.  It can be used as ground cover, a walkway or as an accent piece.
  • Mexican beach pebbles are smooth, polished and will give a yard a tropical look, often coming in a grayish-black color.  This rock can commonly be found on a pathway or near a pool and offer an elegant appeal, but if you do live in certain parts of the United States, it can be hard to find.
  • Pea gravel, as the name implies, is a landscape rock the size of a pea, and can come in many colors and sizes.  Common sizes include 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch and 5/8 inches.  This rock will be found either as a simple walkway surface or used as a filler.
  • River rocks is a stone used in connection with water-based areas, hence the name river.  This rock will be used when the water needs to be drained and ran off to a certain point on the property and will be slightly larger than pea gravel.  These rocks are readily available at most big-name hardware store.

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