For many homeowners, their front and back yards are an artistic expression of sorts. A well-designed landscaping project can make a good home look great, improve curb appeal, and even increase your property value. Beyond green grass and beautiful flowers, another feature that can truly make your landscape pop is landscaping rocks. If used well, they can transform your landscaping project into a true work of art with decorative rock pathways, pea gravel lounge areas, crushed granite accents, and even boulders to provide a beautiful, natural look.
If you're interested in incorporating landscaping rocks into your next home improvement project, it's important to start with assessing your options. There are a large variety of gravels, rocks, and stones that you can use. Each of them fills a unique purpose, and striking the right balance between rock types can allow you to create a unique look for your yard.
Decomposed granite is a finely ground landscaping rock type that's great for constructing pathways, creating smooth surfaces for lounge areas or patios, and as filler to combine with other landscaping rock types to create beautiful garden displays. Depending on the region it's produced in, it can have tones of red, brown, gold, tan, and grey. Decomposed granite is commonly mixed with stabilizers that help to prevent weeds and allow it to stick more firmly to the ground to prevent spreading and wear, providing your project with longevity.
Another hugely popular selection is river rock. These rocks come in a variety of colors from shades of grey to red. They are typically 3/8" all the way up to 3-5", and have a smooth look due to water erosion. These landscaping rocks provide great accent pieces for aquatic features such as small ponds or waterfalls, but can be used in a variety of ways to add flair in many environments. If you're looking for a slightly more rugged aesthetic, pea gravel can achieve similar results to river rock, but is arguably a more general-purpose rock type. These rocks bear their name due to their size, often being under 1-2" each.
Once you've picked out your materials, you'll need to actually go get them! Luckily you have options. Home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes provide landscape rock delivery services, and there are a number of companies that specialize in providing this as well. Regardless of where you get them from, your yard will be the envy of the block.
For information on landscape rock delivery services, consider reaching out to Portland Sand & Gravel Co Inc.