Tigard Sand & Gravel Blog

5 Different Applications for Gravel

5 Different Applications for Gravel It’s used to add traction to icy roads in winter and pave the way to areas off the beaten track, but gravel can also serve a variety of purposes in your yard.  If you’re looking for creative ways to utilize this versatile and affordable hardscaping element, here are a few…

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Using Sand for Backfilling a Pool

Using Sand for Backfilling a Pool Adding a pool to your yard is not only a great way to gain function and enjoyment from your outdoor space, but it can also add incredible value and appeal to your property when you decide to sell.  That said, there are some logistical choices you’ll need to make…

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Different uses for rockery rocks

Different uses for rockery rocks A rock is a rock. Or is it? Nay, rocks are far more than simply hunks of hardened earth. They come in all shapes and sizes, from little ones akin to a pea to colossal boulders big as a house. They are rugged and smooth, colorful and plain. And all…

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Why size matters when it comes to gravel for a driveway

Why size matters when it comes to gravel for a driveway At first glance, to many people, gravel is gravel—a bunch of small, irregularly shaped rocks used for roads, gardening and landscape projects, construction, and driveways. Planning on creating a new gravel driveway for your property out in the country or even suburban or city…

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Drain rock: what it is and the best uses

Drain rock: what it is and the best uses Rock—it’s been here since the beginning and makes up a large percentage of the foundation on which we live. Earth’s natural rock evolved into dozens of shapes, sizes and materials and humans have leveraged its tremendous versatility and strength for everything from ancient stone walls to…

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What washed gravel is and why you should use it

What washed gravel is and why you should use it Gravel is gravel, right? Just a collection of small, irregular rocks? Is there really a difference? Consider “regular “gravel versus washed gravel. Is the latter simply gravel left cleaner after a rainstorm or afternoon spray from a garden hose? The rough and tumble gravel you…

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Create your own beach in your outdoor space with sand and gravel

Create your own beach in your outdoor space with sand and gravel You love relaxing on a sandy beach but alas, you don’t live within sight or reasonable driving distance of an ocean shore (or even a respectable pond). Well, now you can get that beach vibe in your own backyard by employing a versatile blend of…

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The importance of gravel for low-water landscapes

The importance of gravel for low-water landscapes Despite its rough and tumble reputation, gravel is a durable and lasting option for low-water landscaping. Gravel is great for keeping sun-baked soil cooler, holding weeds at bay, reducing or eliminating the need for watering, and it has natural good looks. Gravel also affects how heat, cool, and…

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Why pea gravel is great for dog owners

Why pea gravel is great for dog owners Does your family have a pooch with boundless energy, frolicking in the yard chasing tennis balls and playing with the kids? Introducing a dog to the family is a rite of passage for millions of people but if you also put a lot of effort into maintaining…

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