How Do You Like Them Rocks? Aggregate Supply Options For Beautifying Your Yard

Aggregate rocks have a wide variety of uses, especially in landscaping. If you are considering using an aggregate supply company's products and services to help beautify your yard, there are certainly plenty of options. Some of the options listed below will help you get started.

Dyed Aggregate Rock

You could use aggregate rocks "au naturel," but it is more fun and interesting to order the rocks dyed a certain color. Porous rock is used in the dye saturation process so that the dye does not wash away during the first couple of rainstorms. (Eventually the sun might bleach the color a little, but the dye should stay put regardless of the amount of precipitation your area sees annually.) Some of the more popular colors include reds, oranges and tricolor mixes of black/white/gray or multiple shades of brown.

Petrified Aggregate Rock

If you want a lot of natural sparkle on your property, then you may want to consider petrified aggregate rock. Taken from several smaller bits of petrified trees, you can feel good about the fact that your aggregate rock choice is organic (or at least it was at one time, and now is just organic-based rock). Some of the aggregate may sparkle because of the crystalline structure, while other pieces may have a swirled marble coloring. You could order a mix of these types, or spend extra to order just one type to fill in your landscape.

Tumbled Pea Gravel 

Pea gravel is named for the size of the rocks, each piece of gravel being about the size of a large pea. If you want to avoid puncturing tires or you want a safer material under your kids' swingset, then you can order tumbled pea gravel. Tumbled pea gravel is pea gravel that has been smoothed and softened all around because it spent a lot of time in a giant rock tumbler where the rougher edges of the original gravel pieces were worn away. If you also want to add a little color to the pea gravel, various rocks that have natural coloring in them may be tossed in with the rest of the gray pea gravel during the tumbling process to produce the aggregate you want and ordered.

Riverbed Aggregate

If you want all of the aggregate in your flower beds to nice and smooth and lay flat, then you might want to purchase riverbed aggregate. Most of this type of rock came from riverbeds, where the currents spent years smoothing out the stones until they were nice and flat. There is not much color variety here, but you will never cut your feet, knees or hands on rock again when you are working in your flower beds.