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Old 04-25-2011, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Anyone have recommendations where to get it and not get ripped off? I've got a lot of dirt to cover (I think my back wall is about 60 ft long, so maybe 600 sq feet), so we're talking by the scoop-full, but I don't know what a reasonable price is, or how much a scoop covers - I may have to save up!

I know that prices vary according to the size/quality of the rock, but if anyone has ballpark figures, they would be much appreciated. I'm looking for bigger than a marble/smaller than an egg size. Around Rio Rancho would be best, but I've got a truck, I can haul from anywhere for a good deal.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:07 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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JPR Decorative Gravel
1332 Calle Baack, Bernalillo, NM
505-896-3849

It's that part of Bernalillo that looks like it's Rio Rancho.

They are on the NW corner of Rio Rancho Blvd and Calle Baack, there is a traffic light at that intersection.

They have a price sheet, seems reasonable, they deliver for $30 in that area, 3 ton minimum, you can walk around the yard. I'm doing my yards, will be using them. They have been friendly with me.

I can't find my notes. Here is the Google map: gravel, - Google Maps


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Old 04-26-2011, 03:39 AM
 
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I don't know, but what I do know is I'm sick of all the black plastic tarp showing through in yards all over ABQ that is used to separate the layer of rocks/gravel from the layer of dirt below - I'm guessing to limit weed growth? Anyhow, I hate the stuff. Make sure if you use it that you add a healthy amount of rock on top...
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I'm sick of all the black plastic tarp showing through in yards all over ABQ that is used to separate the layer of rocks/gravel from the layer of dirt below - I'm guessing to limit weed growth?
Yes, it's to control weed growth, it works well at that, you should see the weeds if you don't use it... Landscape cloth or plastic is used...


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Old 04-26-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Rio Rancho, NM
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I'll second JPR Gravel. We bought new in Loma Colorado and used them to source our gravel. best prices, great service, on-time delivery. You'll be surprised how much you need, more than likely you will not want to use your truck and just let them deliver - hint: a ton does not go as far as you think. Also if you need flagstone the best local place I found was next to Santa Ana Star Casino, don't remember the name but if head east past the casino it is on the left before the restaurant. For decorative rocks and drilled rocks (fountain use) I found the best place to be on the corner of Montano and 4th.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe
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I have a small front yard covered with small red lava rock that I don't want anymore. Want to redo my front yard. If you want to come and get it, it's yours. I'm in Santa Fe.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I have a small front yard covered with small red lava rock that I don't want anymore. Want to redo my front yard. If you want to come and get it, it's yours. I'm in Santa Fe.
Me too... But in Rio Rancho.... The "Red Lava" gravel.... It seems to be going out of style.


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Old 04-26-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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black plastic tarp
Yes, it's to control weed growth, it works well at that,
... for a while ...

After a number of years, the dust in the air settles down into the rocks
and becomes soil above the plastic and supports the growth of native
plants ( weeds ). For the house ( yard ) I live in, the "soil" above the
tarp is a couple of inches thick. The native plants will seek water in
the horizontal direction, so pulling out a plant that is sticking 1 or 2
inches out of the rocks is sometimes impossible by hand.

In Arizona when I built a place from scratch, the landscaper recommended
no plastic when I asked. They said they would be happy to put it in, but
recommended ==> nothing <==. My weed problem there was about
the same as it is here - a one-beer-per-week affair. Planting mostly
desert-hardy plants and not irrigating ( only by hand ) is the best policy.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Sandia Park, NM
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My neighbors found a similar offer for free gravel / landscape rocks on Craigs List, that is, come & get it yourself. They told me these pop up frequently as people re-landscape. Worth a look, esp. since you have your own truck - though it will be hard on the bed finish.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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... for a while ...

After a number of years, the dust in the air settles down

My weed problem there was about
the same as it is here - a one-beer-per-week affair.
I have been told by "experts" and have some experience with the solid plastic and the landscape fabric.

The solid plastic, usually black, does not let the ground breath. Ant colonies become difficult to control (they travel long distances under the plastic).

The landscape fabric does seem to help, but there are various types/manufactors... Small weeds will attach to the fabric. If you yank the weed too fast, it may pull the fabric up...

They all seem to last about 10 years.

Yes, the dust settles on the covering, and then weeds grow on the thin layer of accumulated dust/dirt. But they are easier to pull, they do not get deep rooted, so you can wait to pull them...

I was talking to a local landscaper last week who was doing a local yard. I asked what type of weed killer he used, we was reluctant to discuss it. He finally explained the weed killer was expensive and it reduced his work... He said some people seem to like the gardener pulling the weeds...

I have found the spray on weed/plant killers take about 10 days to work, then you end up with a brown dead weed to pull up....


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