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Decorative Rock: A Conscious Alternative

What is Decorative Rock?

Decorative rock is a general term used to describe different styles and sizes of rocks that are used to enhance outdoor living spaces. But, beyond the aesthetic component, these rocks have other functions in your landscape. 

Also known as landscaping rocks, they are used for landscape design and focal points, as well as construction and functionality. (Think stepping stones, dry creek beds, gardens, or driveways.) There is a multitude of benefits to using them. Landscaping rocks cut down on maintenance and conserve water. Not only are you saving time and money, but you’re also increasing your home’s value as these polished stones increase curb appeal. They also reduce erosion in driveways and act as a weed killer. 

Interestingly enough, there are two ways one can “harvest” decorative landscaping rock.

The first way is called a “natural process”. Big rocks occur naturally in Mother Nature and are quarried and cut with diamond-coated saws into smaller, more manageable pieces. Then these smaller pieces are driven to factories where they get further processed. The segments are turned into slabs, then are either cut, polished, sanded, shaped, or crushed. The crushed rock is what we like to use for gravel!

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Then there’s the “artificial process”. This starts again with natural stone but gets immediately processed and crushed into the desired stone sizes by a sieving machine. The crushed rock is then mixed with a binder of some sort, such as cement, resin, or polyester. Color is added sometimes as well, for decorative purposes. Finally, this wet, molded mixture is then guided into a compression vacuum which will form the solid slab. 

There’s no right or wrong when choosing between processes: they both wield the same results and choosing one or the other won’t get in the way of your decoration dreams.  

What Can I Use Decorative Rocks For?

The possibilities are truly endless. If you can think of it, you can build it. Playgrounds, patios, gardens, river beds, driveways, walls, stairs. The list goes on.

However, it really comes down to what you want to build. 

For example, let’s say a customer wants something basic and that allows filtering or drainage. We suggest river rock in that case because it’s perfect for dry rock beds or drainage areas. By not being so compact, river rock allows for the water to flow through it, thus acting as a filter.

But, maybe a customer wants something that is designed more for creating a pathway up to their door. Cobbles and pavers would be a perfect choice; medium-sized stones that offer aesthetically pleasing results for a seamless pathway. Pavers are big slabs of cut stone like you see below, whereas cobbles are curved stones that enhance the flow of a wall or sidewalk. For more uses of our decorative landscaping rock, click here!

Pavers

Environmentally Friendly?

Decorative rocks are indeed environmentally conscientious.  Now more than ever is landscapists using decorative landscaping rock in yards. Thanks to its water-conserving abilities, decorative rocks are the perfect choice for places that don’t have access to a lot of water, like right here in California. It’s also beneficial for hot, dry climates since grass dries out extremely quickly in the summer. 

Stones like river rocks can also be used to mulch around gardens, trees, pathways, and other buildings. The weight of the stones and the way they block sunlight discourages weed growth. Rather than resorting to pesticides to keep the edges of your property’s features looking neat, you’ll be using something far less toxic to the area. Plus, river rocks are much less susceptible to wind erosion and decomposition, meaning that their weed-suppressing ability lasts much longer than a chemical. Decorative rock also doesn’t decompose like wood chips or mulch, meaning you won’t have to replace it often. And if you worry about bugs, no need to fear stones don’t attract insects like termites. 
Upgrading your landscape is never a bad idea. With benefits like water use reduction, aesthetics, curb appeal, and less maintenance, it’s a cost-effective no-brainer!  Who wouldn’t want to walk outside and be able to admire their yard with pride? Turn you’re outdoors into something beautiful today. It’s guaranteed to make your neighbors envious. 

Also, Read: Guide to Using Decorative Stone for Gardens

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