We do offer Free delivery 10 Tons or more in the East Valley only.
Rock Sizes and Uses
¼” & 3/8”– These sizes of rock are very small in size and are most common in minus material but in some colors are available as screened. 1/4″ and 3/8″ minus are a very economic way to landscape. These are commonly used in pathways, driveways, rental houses, parking lots, and also useful in back yards where kids play. It compacts well and is relatively smooth to walk on, ride bikes on, and small enough that kids are generally less tempted to throw them. It can also be covered with screened material in the future when the kids are older or you simply want to upgrade the look of your yard.
½”- This size of rock is comparable to a penny, dime, or a nickel. It is very common in front and back yard landscaping. ½” Rock is easier to shovel and rake than the larger ¾” – 1” sizes. It is also easier to keep clean from debris and easier to cover bald spots with than the larger rocks.
¾” & 1” – These are comparable to a quarter or fifty cent piece. These sizes are commonly used in front and back yard landscaping as well and they will stay in place very well which makes them good to use around pools. There is less of a chance of the rock getting into the pool but if it does they are large enough to easily scoop out. Another benefit of these larger sized rocks is that they will not get stuck in your shoes like the smaller sizes might.
3/8” Pea Gravel – This is very common and nice to use in dog runs and kennels. It is easy for pets to walk on, clean, and can be cooled off by spraying it with a water hose. It is also commonly used under and around kids play sets with much less mess than sand and less bugs than wood chips would attract.
Rip Rap – This size of rock is usually between baseball and basketball size depending on what you order. The most common use of this rock is in dry riverbeds and water retention areas.
Lava Sand – This is great for water drainage and root aeration but also because of its porous composition it retains some moisture and slowly releases it to plant roots. Golf courses, tomato farms, and many other places that grow are starting to use lava sand in their soils. It is also said to have a magnetic field that is very beneficial for plant health and growth.