Crushed Granite Rock for Landscaping

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Granite is a natural rock used in construction and home items for its strength and durability. Crushed granite is a good fit for many landscaping projects as it’s affordable and simple to install. Consider using decomposed crushed granite as the added resin preserves color and prevents the rocks from eroding over time. Border crushed granite with natural stones that stand 2 inches taller than the surface to prevent the rocks from scattering into your lawn.

Walkways and Patios

  • Crushed granite is a fitting material for a secondary path or casual patio. It will take the shape of the foundation you dump it in, and it’s easy to remove if you decide to install a different surface in the future. The foundation for the surface should be about 6 inches deep and protected by a weed barrier laid across the bottom of the foundation. Tamp down the rocks as your add layers and fill the foundation so the gravel is 2 inches above ground level.

Fire Pits and Water Features

  • Crushed granite adds visual contrast and functionality to fire pits and water features. Frame a garden fountain as a focal point by installing a wide border of crushed granite. Surround a fire pit with crushed granite to catch any stray embers. In the interest of fire safety, laying down granite can serve as a visual reminder to trim back and tree branches and hedges that come within 6 feet of the fire pit.

Mulch Alternative

  • Using a 2-inch layer of crushed granite in gardens will also prevent weeds and retain moisture in the soil. Adding granite instead of mulch is one way to tie other features like walkways and patios into the overall landscape. Border the garden with landscape timbers for visual contrast.

Ground Cover

  • Crushed granite forms an attractive, water-penetrable surface. If your yard has drainage issues or areas where plants and grass refuse to grow, consider covering the area with crushed granite. Remove about 4 inches of soil and line it with weed barrier as you would for a walkway or patio. Fill the space with rocks and rake them out to form a rock garden. Dry stack large stones at the center to create a focal point, or add container plants in wooden barrels or brightly painted pots.

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