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Underground mines vs. surface mines

When we think of the word ‘mining’, images of dark cramped corridors cut through the rock deep beneath the earth’s surface come to our mind. However, this is but one form of mining called ‘underground mining’. “But isn’t all mining obviously done underground?”, you say. No indeed! There are three other types of mining. Let’s discuss… Keep reading >>

What is the difference between landscape decorative rock and aggregate rock?

When you think of aggregate, think about gravel bits inside concrete, gravel bases under a patio or walkway, and sand/pebbles/gravel under a road or gravel under a drainage system (such as a French drain). It’s a construction material that is used for structure, building, it is a ‘filler’… Keep reading >>

11 Interesting facts about metals & minerals!

Before we start, let’s clarify the difference between the two, so as to address any confusions. According to “Minerals are solid, naturally occurring inorganic substances found in the Earth’s crust. They have a unique chemical composition and crystal structure… Keep reading >>

What is specialty decorative rock?

Typically, when you think about landscape rock you think of massive applications like shoring river banks with rip rap, crushed rock on the grounds of a property, and… Keep reading >>

Making a low-water flower bed [xeriscaped]

Well, the reasons are legion! We did a whole article on the laws in California and how home-owners are making the switch from water-guzzling lawns to low-water, environmentally friendly options, check it out here… Keep reading >>

What is diamond mix?

Diamond mix is a 100% (with no additives) mixture composed of sand and clay (usually red) used in landscaping applications. The exact ratio of our mix is a well-kept… Keep reading >>

How does blast mining work?

The most common way to get rock from the ground or mountains is by blasting and drilling. There are some locations where there are literal mounds of lose rock (that have formed naturally) but these are not as common, and when they do form there is not enough in quantity to supply all the area’s construction needs… Keep reading >>

Introduction to riprap

Riprap is large rock used for erosion protection along shore lines, stream banks, under bridges, and wherever there are embankments where soil/sod might erode due to continued contact with water or wind… Keep reading >>

What’s the difference between minus & screened/clean rock?

Crushed rock without the fines, is called ‘clean or screened’. It has been cleaned and has had all particles removed. This type of rock is usually more expensive because it requires more processing, and it also requires lots of water, to effectively ‘clean off’ all the fines… Keep reading >>

Designing a killer walkway

Large open spaces need to be traversed. It is fatal for a designer to neglect to anticipate foot traffic and fail to put some sort of pathway into their landscape design… Keep reading >>

Introduction to Quartzite

If you’ve ever walked on a beach and felt the sand under your toes, you’ve actually walked on the precursor to quartzite.

As sand builds up on the earth’s surface (be it under an ocean floor, riverbed, or other bodies of water), thick layers of sand form, and as the earth ages, and other layers of materials settle on top of those layers of sand, the sand becomes sandstone. As the earth continues to age… Keep reading >>

The use of boulders in landscape design

When we think of design, we’re apt to think of brilliant colors, striking elements, cool shapes, etc. The last thing we think of is something as non-descript as a boulder. But maybe we should! You might say: what place could a simple rock have in the colorful and expressive world of design?… Keep reading >>

How to choose the right color of landscape rock for your property

It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: you want your property to look GREAT! Depending on your location, you may have to rely on crushed rock for the majority of your landscaping. So, how do you make the most out of it, and how do you choose the right colored rock for the job? There are a few approaches. It all depends on what emotional effect you want to create in the viewer… Keep reading >>

All About Rhyolite Rocks

Last month we went deep on the topic of Granites, their origin, qualities and uses. This month, let’s dive into another type of rock: Rhyolites. When you think of rhyolites, think of a rock that forms by slow lava flowing on the Earth’s surface. These are igneous rocks (rocks formed from lava/magma)… Keep reading >>

Californians are being required to replace grass and use decorative rock to save thousands of gallons of water

California leads the United States in many things, population, economy, entertainment, and also environmental movements. In last week’s article we touched on the fact that across the United States, American homes consume about 9 billion gallons of water a day for their landscaping, according to the EPA… Keep reading >>

How landscape rock makes the planet more green

How do gray boulders and brown stones make your beautiful landscapes more green? Because they are more eco-friendly, and therefore more ‘green’. How so? Take a moment and imagine how much water is required to water a lawn for a single-family home. What do you think? A few gallons a week? Keep reading >>

14 Interesting Facts About Granite

It is a well-known fact that granite is one of the most demanded materials for bathroom remodels, kitchen renovations, and landscaping rock. But there are some lesser-known interesting facts about granite that may surprise you: Keep reading >>

Applications of Granite Rock

In last week’s article we went deep on the topic of what granite is and how it is formed. This week let’s look at some examples of how residential and commercial properties use granite as a building material and as a beautification material. Everyone knows granite slabs are used for counter tops, so we’re not even going to bother discussing that! Keep reading >>

Introduction to Granite

Granite has been with us for a long while. The oldest granites we’ve found on record are from 300 million years ago when earth was covered in the super-continent Pangaea, forming deep within the Earth’s crust. That is 100 million years before the Jurassic Period (the time of the dinosaurs)… Keep reading >>

6 types of stone used as landscape decorative rock and the differences between them…

Our quarries mine specific types of quality granite, rhyolite, and quartzite deposits that produce exceptional colors resulting in our picturesque product line. This allows designers to truly turn their landscapes into a work of art. We choose to exclusively mine deposits that not only… Keep reading >>

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