Rock and Gravel


Low Maintenance Landscaping With Rock and Gravel

A lush, green lawn is always satisfying. But if you have an area of lawn that never seems to grow well or where you would prefer less year-round maintenance, rock and gravel is a low maintenance way to provide a clean, well kept looking yard that’s a little less labor intensive. We have rock and gravel available in all shapes and sizes and local delivery is available for large orders.

Find The Size, Shape and Color You're Looking For

We have rock and gravel available in a wide variety so you can choose the type that fits your aesthetic and is best for your landscaping needs.

Here is a list of the types of stone you can expect to find at Prairie Hills Nursery and Plant Shop:

Measuring rock or gravel for your landscape

Natural stone is one of the most versatile elements available for a landscape makeover. Landscaping with rocks adds texture and contrast, providing durable ground cover that requires little or no maintenance. Gravel and rock is also a low maintenance option that offers water conservation. Rock and gravel can be used to extend your driveway space, edge your beautiful gardens or create make-shift walkways through your landscaping design.

Once you select the type you’d like to use, you will need to calculate the area you’re covering and the depth of coverage. Measure the length and width of the project area. Multiply those to figures to arrive at the square footage of the coverage area.  The depth of material is the third factor which much be calculated. Typically 2 inches is sufficient depth for most landscape applications, unless the size of rocks are greater than 2 inches, in which case you’ll want to increase the depth to account for the diameter of the rocks themselves.  

This chart can be a helpful resource in estimating your rock needs.

Material Suggested Depth Coverage Area per 1 ton
3”-8” rock 3”-8” 60 square feet
1”-3” rock 1”-3” 80 square feet
3/4”-1” screened gravel 2” 100 square feet
5/8”-1/2” screened gravel 2” 120 square feet
1/4-3/8” screened gravel 2” 140 square feet

L × W = Square footage of coverage area.

Square feet of coverage area ÷ coverage area per 1 ton = tons of rock needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on the space you’re covering and how deep you would like the rock to be. Check the chart above to assist with calculating the volume of rock or gravel to fit the space you’d like to cover. If you have additional questions or need help determining how much you need, please call the office or submit an inquiry and we’d be happy to help

Prairie Hills Nursery will deliver gravel and rock locally for large orders. Please call the office or submit an inquiry for more details on your rock or gravel delivery needs.

The type of gravel and rock you’re shopping for is going to depend on the purpose of what you’re trying to create. For example for walkways or driveways you are going to want a finer grain to make a smoother driving or walking surface. Please call the office or submit an inquiry and we’d be happy to help you decide what rock or gravel best suits your requirements.

Weeds can grow in even the smallest depth of soil. When the rock is initially put down, the weeds will be reduced. However, if/when dust and grass clippings settle in the stone, weeds can take root. It is typically easier to spray for and pull weeds from rock beds.