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    Landscaping rock

    This board is always so helpful in stuff like this.

    My wife is looking for "pretty" landscaping rock. I figure we need 350 sq feet of the stuff, so I am guessing 4-4.5 tons of it is needed. Does anyone know where we can get nice looking rock, not something like plain old small river rock? Ohh and I want a company that can deliver it, I am thinking that will not fit in my trunk.

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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Consider mulch too. Rock can really hold in the heat beside and near your house. Cant help you on the places to get it, other than there was a pretty good place in WDM south on Grand.



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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    Consider mulch too. Rock can really hold in the heat beside and near your house. Cant help you on the places to get it, other than there was a pretty good place in WDM south on Grand.
    I hate the look of mulch, plus you have to keep adding it every year. I never thought about the heat though.


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    Re: Landscaping rock

    I hate rock with such a passion. It sucks to put in, when you're done it holds a lot of heat, and in order for it to stay looking good, you have to wash it which can be a pain. Thank you God for mulch. Cheaper, easy to carry, and with the correct color, can look very nice.



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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Rock requires some maintenance too, although not sure how much. I just know that our place was lacking in that department before we bought it. We now have rock stuck in dirt both inside and outside our planting areas. The whole works needs redone but I havent had the time or money to try.

    There are probably some types of rack that could be better on the heat issue. I'm not sure how critical it is but I have noticed it if your actually working around the areas.



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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I hate the look of mulch, plus you have to keep adding it every year. I never thought about the heat though.
    If you want the mulch look you may want to try some of the rubber stuff which you can get in different colors. I use it next to my tree's.



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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    This board is always so helpful in stuff like this.

    My wife is looking for "pretty" landscaping rock. I figure we need 350 sq feet of the stuff, so I am guessing 4-4.5 tons of it is needed. Does anyone know where we can get nice looking rock, not something like plain old small river rock? Ohh and I want a company that can deliver it, I am thinking that will not fit in my trunk.

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    Go to TNT Landscaping on Ordinance. They have several varieties and will deliver it for a nominal fee.



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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Quote Originally Posted by psycln11 View Post
    Go to TNT Landscaping on Ordinance. They have several varieties and will deliver it for a nominal fee.
    That is the one place we have checked out so far. It is cheap, but pretty ugly too.


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    Re: Landscaping rock

    I just had 3 tons of 2 inch river rock delivered for $150. I used Hallett Materials on the north side of town. I'm not sure what type you're looking for exactly, but 2 inch rock usually looks nicer than the smaller stuff.



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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I hate the look of mulch, plus you have to keep adding it every year. I never thought about the heat though.
    Actually, if it's cedar mulch it should last a couple of years before you have to replace most of it. Rock will last a lot longer though.


    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I hate rock with such a passion. It sucks to put in, when you're done it holds a lot of heat, and in order for it to stay looking good, you have to wash it which can be a pain. Thank you God for mulch. Cheaper, easy to carry, and with the correct color, can look very nice.
    Really, you only have to wash it the first time to get rid of most of the dirt/sand on top of it. After that, it should stay fairly clean if it's sitting on top of plastic and not directly on the dirt.

    I think the smaller rock tends to fill better (pea gravel) than the large river rock. It's also easier to even out once it's there.

    I'm of no help in where to find the stuff in the DSM area though, sorry.


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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Iowa Outdoor Products in Urbandale has a good selection and delivers.

    We put in a garden with rock (trying to reduce weeding) and put down a very good quality landscape fabric (20 year) and we still have weeds getting through the fabric so if I were you try laying down two layers of the fabric may that will work better.



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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Well, nothing is truly maintenance-free. I've removed the landscaping rock from around my house mainly because of the maintenance. It doesn't take much organic material to get into the rock and decay before you have a mess. Although this would be less of a problem without my neighbors' silver maple trees, which constantly rain debris on my property.


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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    Consider mulch too. Rock can really hold in the heat beside and near your house. Cant help you on the places to get it, other than there was a pretty good place in WDM south on Grand.
    That used to be called Rhino Building Materials - something like that. Had a great reputation.


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    Rhino Materials

    When I worked for a landscaping compnay one summer in college we put down this slate rock at someones house and I thought it was pretty sweet. When I move to my permanent house (as oppossed to my current starter home) I am gonna put that slate stuff in.



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    Re: Landscaping rock

    Lumbermans usually has Cherokee River Pebbles available. It looks much better than typical landscaping rock. I put some in about 10 years ago and it still looks good. Previously I messed with cedar mulch for about 5 years and had to do something with it almost every year. It looked good for a few months and then looked bad as it discolored and decayed.
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