Where To Find Materials For Your Landscape Or Hardscape Project

Posted on: 14 December 2020

Working with materials like gravel, sand, or rock means finding a source for the materials that allow you to choose the color, texture, and other properties. Often a stone gravel supplier is an excellent place to start looking for the material you need for your project. 

Material Type

When you head to the stone gravel supplier in your area, you may be looking for some very specific stone, or you may just need some ideas that you can get from the material available at the supplier. If you are looking for something specific, talk to the supplier about what they have and what they can get for you that is not already in stock.

Many stone suppliers will be able to order specialty materials for you, and often they have samples for you to look at so you can get an idea of what the stone will look like when you get it. Natural stone may have some variation from the sample, but it should be close. 

If you are looking for gravel, crushed stone, or sand, the supplier will have some different options for you as well. Often, crushed stone can be all one color, or a mix of many different stones to produce multiple colors. Sand is also often available as standard sand or as colored sand, like white beach sand or other material, that can be used to create a specific look to the area you are using it in. 

Size and Shape of Stone

If you are buying stone from the stone and gravel supplier, you may be able to get the material in different sizes so that you do not have to do a lot of stone breaking on the job site. If you need stones in a specific size, you will still need to cut or break them in many cases, but if you order them in a size that is close to the desired size, you may be able to use some of them as delivered.

Crushed stone and gravel are also available in different sizes, and if you are using it for drainage, the size might be smaller than if you are using it for an accent material in a hardscape or bed along a walkway. The crushed material is often available in colors that can change the way it looks on the ground and allow you to mix and match materials to achieve a specific design.

If you are working with a landscape designer, they may also make some recommendations and show you some materials that will best fit your landscape or hardscape area.