Guide to Buying Landscape Gravel

Landscape gravel can be the ideal finishing touch for your yard and gardens. Also called landscaping rock or cobble, gravel promotes proper water drainage, discourages weed development and almost never needs replacement.

If this is your first time buying landscape gravel and aren’t sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Below, the professional team at The Dirt Bag explains what you need to consider when choosing landscaping rock.

How to choose the right landscaping rock

Landscape Gravel Sizes

Landscaping rock comes in a range of sizes, and the right choice for you depends upon your needs and preferences.

For gardens, pea-sized gravel is a popular choice. Cobble that’s a little larger, about the size of a nickel or quarter, makes for comfortable and attractive walkways and driveways. As for decorative accents, bigger rocks in a mixture of tones pack a powerful punch.

Getting the Right Quantity of Landscape Gravel

Once you determine which type of landscaping rock best suits your purposes, you need to figure out how much to purchase.

As a general rule, driveways and walkways require a layer of gravel that’s at least two to four inches deep. For gardens and decorative landscape accents, you may be able to get by with a bit less. To determine how many cubic yards you need, multiply the depth by the width and length of the area you plan to cover.

Choose Bagged or Bulk Landscape Gravel

Your next step is to decide whether to buy landscaping rock by the bag or in bulk.

As with many other products, buying gravel in bulk can save you money. But, you also need to consider what’s convenient for you. Bulk cobble is well-suited for large projects, like walkways and driveways. Bagged cobble is easier to deal with than a pile of rocks, so it can be a better option for use in gardens and landscape areas.

Opt for Transport or Landscape Gravel Delivery

To get your landscaping rock to your home, you can either pick it up yourself or have the gravel delivered.

If you have a pickup truck, you can haul the cobble home and potentially save on delivery costs. Keep in mind, though, that even if your landscape material supplier loads the gravel for you, you’ll be the one doing the unloading. Go with delivery, and you won’t have to worry about doing the hefty lifting – and you’ll have your landscaping rock in a spot that’s suitable for your project.

Plus, some landscape material suppliers offer free delivery service. Here at The Dirt Bag, we deliver our bagged gravel anywhere in Salt Lake County at no additional charge. So if you live in the area and are buying landscaping rock by the bag, opting for pickup doesn’t make much sense.

Are you ready to order from The Dirt Bag? To arrange for delivery or pickup of bagged or bulk landscape gravel, contact our West Jordan, Utah, office today.