Need Help with Landscape Rock? Read Our Tips and Tricks!
To calculate square footage, measure the length and width of your yard, then multiply the two figures.
After you have the square footage, you’ll want to determine how much rock you’ll need. If you are planning on using 1″ decorative rock, divide the square footage by 100. (Divide by 110 if you plan to use ½” rock. For “minus” grade rock, divide by 120). The result will give you the approximate tonnage of rock you’ll need, spread to a depth of about two inches. Our knowledgeable staff is always on hand to assist you in a final determination.
For best coverage, we recommend you spread your landscaping gravel about 2″ to 3″ deep. This will provide the most professional appearance to your yard. Laying the rock deeper than 3″ can result in lumpy areas, and footprints will be more readily visible.
Make sure the ground is reasonably level with no trash or vegetation appearing. After laying your gravel, wash it off lightly with water.
Many homeowner associations have rules forbidding the use of black plastic beneath landscaping gravel or decorative rock.
Instead, spray any existing vegetation with Roundup Weed Killer. Then treat the ground with a pre-emergent (anti-growth) solution such as Surflan to control weed growth before laying your decorative rock. Remember to spray again once or twice a year with a pre-emergent to prevent any vegetation from reappearing.
Rip rap provides excellent erosion control for sloping areas. Keep it in mind when you are planning areas that have mounds or valleys. Many people find it a stylish and up-to-date alternative to river rock or gravel for the easement area of a property (between the yard and the street).