How Much Rock Should I Buy?

June 22, 2021
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When purchasing rocks for your landscaping project, you will want to choose only the highest quality, most durable, affordable, and visually pleasing products. JK Enterprise will help you find the best rocks for your project, whether you’re searching for gravel for your driveway, unique rustic rocks for a beautiful flower bed, recycled concrete for a pathway or trail, or erosion control. We know that every project is different and requires different products. We have a large variety of rocks to suit any project of any scale or style. Landscaping elements come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and functions. 

One question you should ask yourself before purchasing new rocks is: How many rocks do I really need for this project? The number of rocks you need will depend on the specifics of the project you have in mind. At JK Enterprise, we will help you choose the right quantity of rocks to make your dream project a reality. 

There are a plethora of ways that landscaping rocks can be utilized — to beautify your home or garden, encircle a flower bed, add decorative accents, or provide the foundation of a functional path or driveway. To guide you, we’ll list out some of the most common landscaping projects and the number of rocks recommended for each one. Of course, this is only a list to get you started, as we know the variety of projects and landscaping elements you may use are endless. To get started, we’ll guide you through some of the most common usages of rocks in landscaping. Continue reading to learn how much rocks are needed for each of these endeavors.

How Much Rock Should I Get for A Driveway?

Driveways are among the most common places for landscaping rocks to be put to use. The kind of rocks you choose will depend on the visual appearance or style you are going for. However, as a rule of thumb, remember that driveways require rocks in large quantities. Of course, the larger the driveway, the more rocks you will need. Fortunately, gravel is affordable so you won’t need to break the bank even for a larger driveway. Gravel is less expensive than concrete or asphalt. Calculate the number of rocks you will need by measuring the length, width, and depth of the driveway. From there, calculate the square footage of gravel you will need.  Our handy Material Calculator on every product page (for example, on the

How Much Rock Should I Get for Erosion Control? 

Erosion control is one of the most functional uses for landscaping rocks. The right stones can prevent water erosion in the landscape. Unlike wood, stones are durable and resist erosion over time. Sloped areas, where water pours in and collects after a rainfall, are among the most vulnerable to water erosion. You can use rocks to prevent erosion or to mitigate it from getting worse. For erosion control projects, people typically use larger stones such as our Surge Grey or Gabion Stones. The number of stones needed will depend on the size of the land and its current status of erosion. Strategic rock placement can restore your landscaping and protect your project from harsh weather conditions including rain, floods, high winds, and extreme sunlight. 

How Much Rock Should I Get for a Flower Bed? 

Rocks are commonly used in landscaping projects to encircle or accent flower beds. The right stones add that perfect, decorative touch to your home garden. In addition, they can also offer protection from erosion and provide heat control. Small rocks like pebbles are among the most popular for flower beds. The quantity of rocks needed depends on the size of your plot. However, most flower beds are small enough that they require few rocks, therefore making this one of the more affordable landscaping projects you can take on. Calculate the total amount of space in your flower bed to determine the necessary square footage. Quantities will vary depending on the specifics of your project. 

How Much Rock Should I Get for a Pathway?

You can choose from many different kinds of rocks for a pathway, depending on the style you want to achieve. Our smaller rocks like the ⅜ Bluestone and Pea Gravel are popular choices for backyard pathways. Attractive stones can be a nice alternative to the typical gravel path. The number of products needed will depend on the length and width of each element. As with other landscaping projects, measure the length and width of the path you want in order to figure out the number of rocks you will need. Once you have determined the total surface area, you can begin looking at different styles and customize to fit your needs and preference. 

How Much Rock Should I Get for Bedding? 

Bedding is made up of a pile of layers of sediments that are deposited on top of one another. Bedding can be used for construction sites, an equestrian space, and several other landscaping uses. Our recycled concrete, Gray 21-A, and Stone Dust are excellent options for bedding. They can serve as the building blocks of many landscaping projects. As with other projects, the quantity of products needed depends on the specifics of the project and the surface area you’re dealing with. If the space you want to fill is larger, you will of course need to factor in a larger surface area. Many spaces are larger than a driveway, for example, so the number of rocks needed for a construction site will likely look different than the quantity you would buy for a home driveway project. 

On our website, you will find a material calculator. This is designed to help you calculate the exact amount of material needed for your landscaping project, depending on the unique measurements. Once you have decided on the type of rock you want to use according to the design or style you have in mind, just proceed to checkout and we will calculate for you the amount of rock you need to get. Our customers love this feature since it does much of the hard work for them.

Once you have your calculations figured out, you can go ahead and purchase the product you desire. From there, we will get your rock to you as soon as possible so you can begin your project and make your landscaping dreams a reality. We pride ourselves on efficient service; shipments usually arrive within just one to two days. We will also be here to follow up with you and guide you on your project post-service and delivery. We are happy to provide advice to help you on the completion of your project, such as how to achieve the desired look, how to construct a rock pathway or driveway, or how to make the rock look more natural in your space. 

If you are ready to get started on your rock-based landscaping project, we are more than ready to help. Take a look at the material calculator on our website to figure out how much rock exactly you need, then proceed to our checkout page or feel free to give us a call for a free consultation.