Choosing the Right Size Rock for Your Landscape

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Rockery stones are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes to suit a variety or purposes. The huge variety of sizes available allows builders to choose the perfect rock for any project.

Variety brings with it difficult decisions. It can be difficult for a landscaper who is not experienced to choose the right size and type of rockery stones to use.

Read on if you are planning a project but don’t know which size of rock to use. This is a quick guide on the different rock sizes and their uses.

Landscape Rocks and Large Boulders

These larger rocks can be used to create stunning focal points in different landscapes. They are also often used as retainer walls. The size of these large rocks ranges from half a man to four or five men, and they are extremely heavy. These giants can be used to support decorative gardens, build bench rocks and outcroppings.

Two Four-Inch Quarry Spalls

The larger, jagged rockery stones are used to build smaller retaining walls or in landscapes with a lot of water. They also provide more stability when building other structures. The spalls are able to be compacted well, while still providing water filtration.

River Rocks 3/4 Inch to 2 Inch

The most common type of gravel is river rock, which has a diameter between one and two inches. Due to its use, this type of rock is often available in larger sizes. Larger, heavier gravel will be less likely to spread since smooth rocks are used as mulch for flowerbeds or to line garden paths. Medium-sized river stones are a great choice for a decorative pathway or garden element.

5/8 Inch Minus Gravel

This gravel is made up of dust and chips no larger than 5/8 inch. This gravel compacts well due to its sharper edges, and smaller pieces. It is therefore ideal for creating support beds for patios and drives.

Pea Gravel 3/8 Inch

These small, round stones are one of the smallest gravels available. They provide excellent walking comfort by a swimming pool, pathway, or playground. Pea gravel can be used for decorative purposes, such as aquariums and water fountains.

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