Crushed stone is different from many other stone products in that although it’s a natural stone, it’s not naturally occurring. It has many uses, but only since about the late 1800s has it become a product you can purchase and use for your landscaping and construction needs. If you’re planning a makeover to your yard, understanding the different types of stones and their best applications will lead to successful projects.
A crushing machine takes large stones and crushes them into specific size stones based on the type of machine and its settings. Depending on the machine and the setting, a stone crusher can create stone from about 3/8” all the way up to about 4”. Of course, dust and crumbs remain after the crushing process which also have uses. There are many types of machines that crush the stone differently. Some machines are mobile machines while larger ones are built into buildings. In this YouTube video you can see some examples of crushing methods in some smaller machines.
Home Uses for Crushed Stone
Crushed stone is one of the most commonly used stone materials in construction. It’s used as the base for driveways, sidewalks, homes and even roads. If you’re planning a new patio with poured concrete, the concrete company will likely pour a base of crushed stone before pouring the concrete for your patio. Farms often have crushed stone driveways rather than paved ones.
If you’re considering a rock garden as part of your landscaping, crushed stone is a great option for the base. Its angles add to the overall appearance of the rock garden. It’s also a great mulch replacement if you have a traditional garden area and are tired of mulch that mildews or needs seasonal replacement.
Another great use is walking paths throughout your property. Either alone or with stepping stones, especially when you choose angular stepping stones. The crushed stone will remain stable even in relatively wet conditions as we’ve had recently. If you have an area on your property that never seems to dry out, consider adding crushed stone and creating a decorative rock garden to mask the trouble spot in your yard.
The Rock Place Can Help
Whether you know you want crushed stone or aren’t sure what the right option is for your project, come to The Rock Place at 475 Wade Herrod Road in Smyrna and talk to one of our experts. Share with us the details about your project and we’ll help you choose the right stone and make sure you get the right quantity. You can also call us with questions – (615) 459-9200.