5 Gravel and Stone Types for a Rockin’ Landscape

I didn’t realized that gravels and stones are important for landscaping. And aside from that, choosing from lots of stones can be a bit overwhelming. They have different sizes, colors, shapes and functions. This article I’ve found will help you decide in choosing the best gravels that would suit your landscape.

I love rock in the garden, but I particularly love gravel and other small rocks. I work them into nearly every design I create for my clients, as well as in my own landscape. Why the love affair with gravel? It serves many purposes, from solving drainage issues to lending textural appeal; it crunches under your feet; and it comes in many different colors and forms. Check out my favorites and see which one will work for you in your landscape.

Decomposed Granite

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The basics: Decomposed granite, or DG, is a granitic rock that has weathered to the point of breaking into very small pieces and silt-like particles. It comes in a reddish-tan color that will fade to a lighter tan over time. Decomposed granite is ideal for pathways and rustic patios, and can also be used as a topdressing around arid plants. It’s sold by the cubic yard.

Cost: DG is sold by the bag for around $3 if you simply need to add to or fill in a small area, or by the cubic yard for $35 to $50. One cubic yard (a 3-foot cube) will fill the back of a standard pickup truck.

Advantages: It’s relatively inexpensive and readily available.

Disadvantages: It can track inside on the bottom of your shoes, so if you have hardwood floors, you might want to take your shoes off after walking on a DG pathway. It’s also difficult to remove weeds when they get out of control.

 

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