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There are a lot of different options when it comes to setting the floor of your garden or lawn beds. From soil and mulch to stone and artificial fillers the possibilities are plentiful. Using stone, in particular, is one of the most popular and visually pleasing options. The choice to use a stone is an easy one for most homeowners. The satisfying crunch of a nice pebble path and the lower costs compared to other hardscaping choices are among the many reasons. Many experts and professionals in the land and hardscaping fields know that stone goes with almost any landscape style, coming in a huge variety of shape, color, and size. In this entry, we go over information related to landscaping stone that you need to know.

The main factor to consider when picking stone is the size of the stones. Stone sizes range from very small and fine to larger cobblestones. The smaller stones usually fall in the under the 2-inch category. Gravel and pebble rock are great examples widely used for the satisfying crunch and textured look.  Small stones fill nicely and create a more covered and solid look. Larger stones are typically for more exotic displays or decorative bordering to other smaller stones. The size of the stone is typically one of the first things you’ll want to decide, mixing types in different areas to garner a great look and feel.  Determining what and where your using stone will help define the size you are looking for. For instance, if you have low set pavers and are worried about travel of stone onto the plain surfaces smaller stones might not be the best option as they travel and end up anywhere and everywhere. The larger stone does a great job of protecting from straggling rocks in walkways and paths.

There are a couple of questions you’ll want to ask yourself when it comes to choosing stone. The first important thing to note about the use of stone has to do with shape and texture. So the first question to answer is determining the use of stone in your garden or yard. Stone is excellent for use in landscaping because it provides a means of preventing soil erosion and runoff. Stone is excellent for shoring up your pathways and borders because they act as natural blocks and dams for rain and natural water flow that might otherwise damage your lawn or foundation. The other questions you’ll want to answer has to do with budget, layout, coloring, and cleanliness.  Once you have a firm grasp on what you want out of the stone you are laying you can begin the process of selection and planning.

There are many different types of gravel to choose from. By far the most popular is pea gravel. Pea gravel is useful for paths, patios, and your average ground cover. The stone that makes up pea gravel are pea-sized and smoothly rounded off. The size ranges from an eighth to three-eighths inch across.  Pea gravel typically is mixed in color blending caramel, gray and sand colors. It cost between $33 and $50 per cubic yard. Crushed rock is the next step up from that. Sizes are larger with crushed rock, and the rougher edging offers more security and grip underfoot. There are also more colors available for crushed rock, and it ranges in the $60/cubic yd range. Decomposed granite and drain rock are two other popular types of gravel and stone to use for coverage in your outdoor areas. Prices for this variation vary to the very top end of the scale and offer a host of advantages, different textures, colors, and looks.

No matter what stone you use its best to consult with local professionals who deal with these sorts of installations regularly. Of course, spread rocking can be done on the residential level with practice and patience. Either way, stone and garden gravel are the subtle touches to a beautiful landscape, adding value and beauty to any home.