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Create a beach retreat in your backyard with sand and gravel

Using sand, gravel, and rocks is a great way to create themes in your garden. One theme that you might consider is a beach retreat. A lot of us love going to the beach – the feeling of sand beneath our feet especially. You can recreate this feeling at home by making your very own seaside resort in your backyard. It’s also a great project for a home gardener because it’s inexpensive and fairly easy to create. Here are the steps to creating your very own beach retreat in your backyard. Plan Decide which area will be your seaside retreat. You […]

Hardscaping and the Best Uses for Pea Gravel

Hardscaping and the Best Uses for Pea Gravel Pea gravel is so named for its similarity to peas in both size and smooth, round appearance.  It makes for a wonderful hardscaping addition to a variety of residential, commercial, industrial, and even public settings.  This versatile material can be used for both utilitarian purposes and as a tool for beautification.  Here are just a few of the best uses for pea gravel. Patios and Pathways What makes pea gravel perfect for patios and pathways?  The loose stone is great for patios, in particular, because lounge furniture can settle into it.  How […]

Different Crushed Rock Pathway Ideas for Your Yard

Different Crushed Rock Pathway Ideas for Your Yard Many elements make up a complete yard space, from lush landscaping, to task-oriented and ambient lighting, to patios or decks for placing lounge furniture.  You might even include extras like a fire pit or water feature for added use value. First, however, you have to make sure your yard is functional, and this means adding walkways to conveniently traverse the space without trampling the lawn.  When it comes to installing crushed rock pathways, there are several directions you could go.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started. Lined Paths […]

Using rocks for drainage to keep water away from your foundation and home 

Using rocks for drainage to keep water away from your foundation and home  Keeping water away from your home is always a wise idea. If you have a basement, for example, proper drainage surrounding your home can help keep water from leaking into your basement and damaging your belongings. One way to ensure that water drains away from your home is by landscaping in a strategic manner. By utilizing rocks for drainage, you can keep water away from your foundation and your home. Practical and Aesthetically-Pleasing One of the benefits of using rocks for yard drainage is that they not […]

The benefits of using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives

The benefits of using sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives When you are ready to change up the landscaping around your home or business, it is always wise to consider all of your options. Two of the more overlooked, yet some of the more versatile, landscaping components are sand and gravel. As far as landscaping alternatives go, sand and gravel are two of the best. Here are a few benefits of choosing sand and gravel for your next landscaping project: They make excellent bases For various installations in your garden like fountains or rock gardens, sand and gravel both make […]

Crushed Stone Driveway Pros and Cons

Crushed Stone Driveway Pros and Cons Crushed stone is an ideal material for those looking to add a bit of aesthetic flair to their driveway without breaking the bank. However, it is important to research the pros and cons of such an investment before jumping into anything. Here to help with that is an outline of some of the pros and cons that accompany a crushed stone driveway. Pro: Variance Crushed stone driveways look great in any environment, against any landscape. This is because their versatile appearance appeals to an array of sensibilities. Whether in a suburb, countryside, or deep […]

Types of Gravel Used in Construction

Types of Gravel Used in Construction Construction gravel, which comes from crushed limestone, is utilized to make a solid foundation. Whether you are making a driveway, patio or walkway in your own backyard, a gravel is a perfect choice. Bigger rocks are dug in a quarry and crushed into smaller pieces. The outcomes – construction level – is categorized by coarseness and size. Picking the right kind of gravel to utilize as the foundation for your project means examining the size and climate of construction, and taking into consideration what will be lying atop of the pavers once the project […]

Asphaltic Recycled Concrete Paving Materials

When a roadway has reached a potential disrepair that cannot be addressed, the best thing that can be cone is ripping the surface up or replaced. Since asphalt surfaces have simple input materials, an old asphalt surface must be recycled, which can be used in paving projects and other materials for construction. How is Asphalt Being Recycled? Recycling of asphalt is never an easy task. As a matter of fact, it requires a lot of procedures and really takes time. At first, it is removed from a certain paved surface. It is done through tearing it up, as well as […]

CRUSHED STONE AND SAND AND GRAVEL IN THE FIRST QUARTER 2016

An estimated 270 million metric tons (Mt) of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 21% compared with that of the same period of 2015. The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2015 was 1.33 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 7% compared with that of 2014. The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2016 was 173 Mt, an increase of 10% compared with that of the same period of 2015. The […]