Tigard Sand & Gravel Blog

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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How to create a rockery garden

How to create a beautiful rockery garden When you think of gardens, do you picture sweet-scented flowers, emerald green shrubs, and vibrant native plants? Or perhaps you think of rows of beans and carrots and corn. Rocks, however, are not typically the first things that come to mind. But rock gardens are equally beautiful, fun…

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What are rockery rocks and what are they used for?

Landscaping around your home is a traditional rite of passage and very fulfilling, with immediate gratification for all your hard work. Among the many versatile and attractive landscaping options available to complement your home’s outdoor look, rock gardens are a popular choice. At their most basic elements, rock gardens are eco-friendly, incredibly durable and long…

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How to incorporate limestone in your garden

Are you familiar with limestone’s tremendous benefits to a home garden? When it comes to acidity in soil and lakes, limestone is The Great Neutralizer. Agricultural and dolomite limestone are widely used by farmers and gardeners across the county to enhance soil conditions, with Ag lime providing calcium and dolomite adding magnesium to the mix.…

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Choosing the right gravel for different types of landscaping projects

Despite its rough and tumble appearance and origin, gravel is one of the most versatile landscaping materials out there. Not only is is it affordable and durable; gravel comes in all kinds of colors and sizes, and can be used for gardens, flower beds, drainage projects, pathways, patios, and much more. Gravel is also a…

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How to Create a Retaining Wall with River Rocks or Stones

How to Create a Retaining Wall with River Rocks or Stones   River rocks tumbled and polished by flowing water make for a beautiful addition to any yard.  When you want to add a hardscaping element that’s smoother and more approachable than rough hewn stones, river rocks are an ideal alternative. The question is, how…

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Tips for Using Boulders and Rock in Landscape Design

Tips for Using Boulders and Rock in Landscape Design   A lush, green lawn and abundant foliage are integral parts of any landscape design, but you’ll also want to add some hardscaping elements to your outdoor spaces.  In addition to practical elements like a patio and gravel walkways, consider what you can bring to your…

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Spring Rock Garden Design Basics

Creating a rock garden is one of the most creative and rewarding gardening projects one can undertake. If this is your first attempt, try thinking small so you can obtain a comprehensive idea of the basics and enjoy yourself a little. There’s no need to deck out the entire hillside on your first go. To…

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Landscaping With Rocks And Boulders To Increase Curb Appeal

Many people do not grasp the general importance of landscaping. The word itself brings images of a tidy front porch or immaculate yard to mind. However, landscaping is much more than that. In addition to providing something pleasant to look at, landscaping conserves natural resources, facilitates a comfortable living environment, and amplifies the surrounding environment.…

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