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In addition to carrying small bulk rock at our shop in Marshfield, MO, we have a stoneyard that serves Southwest Missouri residents. You can truly DIY your own landscaping from start to finish here – all with commercial grade supplies that last longer than standard retail materials.
What Should Different Rock Shapes be Used For?
Rocks labeled as “stones”, like Arkansas Field Stone, Arkansas Creek Stone, and others, can be used as edging. If you’re building a border on a bed of equal height, one layer of stones can do the job.
You can also dry stack these stones several feet high to create an elevated bed. It’s not recommended to dry stack higher than 3 1/2 feet. To create a taller wall, mortar is used.
Builders often create cinderblock features like fireplaces, and then face the wall with vertically mortared stones.
These freeform stones have unique edges that give walls and borders a more rustic and organic feel.
If you want to dry-stack a fieldstone wall that’s 1′ tall and 15′-20′ long, you can estimate that it will take about 1 pallet (which is 1 to 1 1/2 tons).
Patio stones are thin flat rocks that are perfect for creating a flat surface for walking.
The spaces between patio stones can be filled in with mortar, sand, pea gravel, and sometimes even live plants like grass or moss.
Patio stones are pavers, but not all pavers are patio stones. Patio pavers can also be made out of concrete, brick, or even plastic. Pavers generally refer to material that interlocks to make a surface without much space between objects.
To estimate patio stone quantities, we say that for every 100 square foot you want to lay with 2″ rock, you’ll need about 1 ton of patio stone. Each pallet varies from 1.5 to 2 tons.
Chopped stones are cut into uniform dimensions after the natural stone slabs are removed from the earth. Using chopped stone, as opposed to something with a variable edge, gives a more modern look, while keeping the timelessness of natural stone.
Chopped stone can be dry stacked or mortared to create a wall as well as used as a single layer border. They also make excellent natural stone fireplaces, fireplace veneer, and pillars.
To estimate the quantity you need, get 1 ton of chopped stone for every 30′-40′ of 4″ wall you want to build.
Steppers are larger versions of patio stones. They can vary in size from 1 1/2 feet to 4 feet in diameter. Lots of customers use them to create a footpath by surrounding them with gravel or mulch. They also work as stairs, depending on their size.
Landscaping slabs make impressive outdoor doorsteps and indoor entryways. Of course, decorative stone slabs are also a favorite for stair treads.
Where's the flagstone?
Flagstone is mostly used to mean wide and flat rock. It comes out of the earth in thin layers. We call it patio stone because it’s the perfect shape for just that. Flagstone stepping stones are also a favorite.
Ways to Purchase Large Landscaping Stone
Our bulk large stones are priced per pound. Whether you buy a few rocks to edge a landscape bed or a few pallets for a flagstone patio, we can help.
Landscaping Rock by the Stone
For those with small projects that require a few stones, you’re welcome to come by and choose specific stones that work for you.
Landscaping Rock by the Pallet
Purchase by the pallet for large projects. Bring your trailer and we’re happy to load you up. Pallets end up being about 1 or two tons apiece.
Landscaping Rock Delivered
Let us simplify things by delivering your stone pallets. We charge a flat $75 for delivery within 15 miles of the store in Marshfield, MO, or $175 if we bring equipment for offloading.
Add $6 per additional mile from the store.
Tips from Our Pro
Kevin Runyon, owner of our sister company, Custom Creations, has some advice for designing with large stones. Custom Creations offers design, installation, and landscaping services for homeowners who want a full-service experience.
What kind of stone to use
The first thing you’ll want to decide on is what look you want to achieve. Do you have a contemporary home with clean lines or do you like the farmhouse look? Chopped stone helps you continue the crisp modern lines of your home into your outdoor area. Field stone will create a more natural well-worn aesthetic.
You must consider the material of the stone when designing as well. Limestone ages black over time and displays a beautiful patina. Sandstone offers a grippy texture for walking when wet.
Mixing stone types
When choosing to use different landscaping stone variations on the same project, it’s important to keep in mind the style and color you’re going for.
For example, if you’ve chosen Field Stone for landscape bed edging, incorporating a few Mossy Boulders could give a really nice look. Both stone types are in the same color family, and are rounded with a bit of angularity.
Using chopped stone with natural stone may not create the same consistent look. For chopped stone walls, it’s best to use processed accent rocks with clean lines.
If you have a plan but want help making it come to life, contact Kevin over at Custom Creations. He provides expert consulting on water management, grading, and plants. His team can make your yard a peaceful functional space without you lifting a finger.
Arkansas Field Stone
As its name suggests, fieldstone comes from a “field” near the earth’s surface. Use these to create a more natural appearance.
Creek stone is another medium-sized natural rock used in many landscaping projects. It is the same material as field stone, but the edges have been worn in a creek bed over time. You’ll find the edges more rounded than field stone while the surfaces aren’t as consistently flat. Creek stone isn’t available in stepper or slab sizes because it is not quarried.
Creek stone makes a unique edging both in a single line or stacked to create a small wall around a bed. You’ll also see it used in natural rock retaining walls and other rockscapes. Custom Creations uses creek stone in water features along with a few boulders to create natural looking fountains, ponds, waterfalls, and waterways.
Quarried stone is a natural sand stone, separated into uniform layers after extrusion. Homeowners appreciate sand stone for its unique look- each piece has color and design variations. This particular quarried stone is shipped from Arkansas.
Quarried stone can be dry stacked and has a much flatter surface. This means it can also be used as a patio stone.
The 4×4″ and 4×8″ make exceptional custom fire pits, fireplaces, and pillars.
Blue stone is named for its beautiful blue-grey color. When quarried, it comes out in nice flat sheets. It works great on walking surfaces like patios, pool decks, walkways, and stair treads.
We also carry chopped blue stone for use on edging and walls.
Our Hackett Blue Stone offers color and texture variation while being flat enough for patios, walkways, and stairs.
See Chopped Blue Step Treads at the bottom of the page.
Choctaw Brown Stone
This stone variety has a beautiful smooth brown surface with consistent height. It gives lots of color movement to patios, pool decks, and walkways.
See matching Choctaw Brown Beams further below.
This is a very light brown chopped stone. The 4×8″ size is perfect for single layer edging or stacking a few layers high for a raised bed.
These thicker stones are typically used for step treads to create stairs up and down an incline. They also give a one-of-a-kind edging when laid flat and inset into the lawn- leaving only a few inches above grade. These would also be very useful for creating water features or fire pit areas. The mottled brown colors blend well with any landscape.
Chopped Step Treads
These more uniform large rock step treads have a beautiful natural color.
Though tumbled stone is chopped, it retains a smooth organic feel due to its softened corners. These two varieties make excellent fireplaces.
There are many types of boulders to help you achieve any kind of aesthetic you’re going for. Color, texture, pattern, and size variations make each variety fit in with different landscape design projects.
- When thinking about styles, Custom Creations owner Kevin Runyon typically uses more rounded stones for water features. Even when simulating a creek bed that may never get wet, round rock gives the appearance of a well-worn waterway.
- Mossy boulders are often used where a natural earthy look is desired.
- Grey limestone character boulders add interest to a landscape or can be drilled to create a unique bubbler water feature.
All large boulders are priced per pound, which can vary with the type of stone you choose.
- Mossy Boulders
- Cobble Creek
- Creek Rock
- Character Boulders
- Colorado Boulders
Beams & Wall Blocks
Stone beams have several uses for landscaping. One use is as an architectural design element. By placing the beams in an artful way, you create a visually interesting backdrop for live plants like grasses, shrubs, and perennials.
The Dover Grey 14″ wall blacks are often used in retaining walls. The 6″ wall blocks are then used to create stairs between levels for a consistent look.
Beams also work nicely for edging large garden beds that need to be slightly raised.