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Landscape Rock Cost Guide

Whether an individual is buying a brand-new plot of land and building a home or purchasing an existing structure, it's important to give some thought to the landscape. When visitors pull up to a home, some of their first impressions will be about the quality, look and design of the front yard or garden. Called curb appeal, this is also an important factor when it comes to showing and selling a home in the future. One of the most attractive and simple ways to upgrade any outdoor space is with the use of landscape rocks. However, many homeowners are unsure of how to budget for such a big change. Use this guide to find out about some of the most common costs associated with the various types of landscape rocks as well as the professional installation process.

The Cost of Landscape Rocks

  • The cost of decomposed granite is between $35 and $50 per cubic yard.
  • The average cost of crushed granite gravel is $60 per cubic yard.
  • The cost of pea gravel is about $50 per cubic yard.
  • The cost of river rocks can be as low as $0.05 per pound.
  • Mexican beach pebbles average more than $700 per ton.

Understanding the Benefit of Landscape Rocks

Before homeowners can think about the costs of landscape rocks, they should fully understand how it can be beneficial and worth the expense. While planting grass seeds in the ground might be more affordable than having rocks delivered and installed onto a piece of property, the final result of the latter option will almost certainly be more attractive. For those who live in dry climates, landscape rocks are also advantageous because they don't require any watering. Not watering saves individuals time, but it can also be an Eco-friendly and affordable option in locations where water use is limited or expensive. Finally, landscape rocks can cut down on maintenance. Whether they are used for decorative purposes or to stop weeds from growing up, homeowners will almost definitely appreciate how little care their landscape actually needs on a regular basis.

Professional Landscape Rock Installation

While some homeowners are happy to tackle buying and installing landscape rocks on their own, the job is a big one and may end up being harder than they think. In many cases, paying a professional to deliver and install the landscape rock will be worth the additional expense. The exact cost of the installation might depend on the size of the rocks, the difficulty of the project and the geographic location of the homeowner. To determine how many tons will need to be installed, homeowners can turn to one of the many online landscape calculator for exact numbers.

Decomposed Granite

At first glance, decomposed granite isn't always recognizable as stone at all. It tends to be a red or even tan color that gets packed down quite easily and may look more like dirt on the terrain. However, it offers all of the benefits of landscape rocks in a small size. One major advantage of decomposed granite is that it can be used in the place of concrete or asphalt for a driveway. Like most types of landscape rock, decomposed granite is sold by the bag or by the cubic yard, which is enough to fill the back of an average pick-up truck.

Crushed Granite Gravel

In many ways, crushed granite gravel is similar to decomposed granite, but the former variety tends to be chunkier and larger overall. It can still be compacted to make a beautiful pathway, but crushed granite gravel looks slightly more upscale. The colors are similar, and the gravel is available in varying shades of red and beige. Generally, crushed granite gravel is more expensive than its decomposed alternative.

Pea Gravel

Next in size is pea gravel. Just as the name implies, pea gravel is a type of landscape rock that is roughly the size of a green pea, or one-half an inch in diameter. Pea gravel tends to be too large for driveways, and it may sink over time if cars are parked on it. However, it works beautifully for pathways or as a patio surface in an outdoor living space. Pea gravel comes in a variety of colors to match most landscape designs and themes.

River Rocks

The name river rocks implies that this landscape stone can be used in connection with water, and that is absolutely true. River rocks are often used in landscaping when water needs to be drained in a particular location to avoid flooding. They may also be used to reduce maintenance in a certain area of the property, or they could be features that draw in the eye and create a contrast to green grass or shrubs.

Mexican Beach Pebbles

One of the most expensive types of landscape rocks that homeowners can purchase is Mexican beach pebbles. These rocks are very smooth and look almost polished, as if they had just been picked up from a tropical coastline. They look stunning as pathways or next to pools.

By understanding a little more about the costs of using different types of landscape rocks, homeowners can decide which option is best for their property and their budget.

Last updated on Jan 26, 2016

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