Tigard Sand & Gravel Blog

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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Using gravel to control water accumulation

Using gravel to control water accumulation Do you experience consistent issues at your home or office with water accumulating after rains? Does the ground squish with every step when you walk across the lawn? If this sounds familiar, you likely have drainage problems and they should be addressed as soon as possible. Even a small…

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Planting a hillside rock garden

Planting a hillside rock garden Many homeowners with a penchant for the DIY welcome outdoor landscaping ideas with a gleam in their eyes and shovel in hand. Indeed, the rewards of a little dirt under the fingernails are many and a back yard or front yard or garden plot can be blank canvasses for the…

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Understanding the importance of site prep

Understanding the importance of site prep When it comes to site construction of any kind, from small backyard gardens to enormous projects the size of football fields, the key to its success is diligent and strategic site preparation. In the construction world, site prep is generally defined as the introductory work required in getting a…

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Using gravel for drainage and erosion control

Using gravel for drainage and erosion control No matter the size, style, or space of a landscaping project; one of the most critical design elements is drainage and erosion control. Without efficient drainage, all the hard work you put into your home’s landscaping is susceptible to damage. Standing water quickly leads to water damage, oversaturated…

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Different ways to enhance your garden with gravel

Different ways to enhance your garden with gravel By its own design, gravel is a workhorse landscaping material, with millions of years of volcanic lineage and toughness to stand up to all manner of natural elements and other rough treatment. But did you know that gravel is also one of the most versatile landscape options…

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