Decorative landscape rock is an excellent choice for most Southwestern landscapes. The geological diversity found in the western United States allows for a colorful design aesthetic – there are literally hundreds of colors and sizes of decorative rock. Decorative rock is often used in xeriscaping or in low-water landscapes as a means of both conservation and beautification.
River rock and cobble share one very important feature – they are naturally smoother or round in texture and appearance, as they have been shaped by the forces of water and friction for thousands of years. Beach pebbles are found in river bottoms, lakes, streams, and are often washed up on beaches around the world.
Rip rap is a larger decorative rock ranging from a 3″ – 12″+. Think of them as mini-boulders. Due to its various color combinations, rip rap is used for decorative purposes, like creating river beds, but it is most often used for erosion control.
Boulders come in many shapes, colors, and sizes. Some boulders are naturally formed and quarried – often called surface boulders. Surface boulders and other natural boulder types are characterized by “round” edges and are smoother. Other boulders are manufactured and made to match the many decorative rock colors Pioneer offers and have more defined edges.