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Finding the Right Materials for Your Landscaping Project

by Howard Barnett

For most people, taking on a project like landscaping the yard around your home is a big project and if you are not a landscaper, knowing where to find the materials you need and getting the right quantities can be tough. There are options that may help and you might be surprised at how easy they are to find.

Plan the Job First

Before you go out and buy materials for your landscaping job, it is a good idea to put together a plan for your landscape. If you know what you need and where it is going, it makes it easier to determine the quantities of the material you will need. If you are not sure how to make a plan for your landscaping, there are designers that can help you lay out the design and even help you pick the materials and plants that will be part of the design. 

Sourcing Materials

Once you know what you need, finding the right material is the next step. You may want to visit nurseries for your plants but for stone, river rock, and pavers, a landscaping supply is going to be the best option. Take the time to look at the material they have to offer because you may find there is a difference in color or shape of the stone they have on hand. If you want to use stone that is all the same, you may want to buy the most common stone they carry because they will be able to supply all your need. 

Most companies offer delivery of the stone but you will need to know how much you need for your design. The company will sell it in small quantities but buying bulk amounts typically lowers the price per yard of the material. Try and determine how much stone you need, the order it all at once so you don't have to reorder several times and wait for a delivery.

Working with a Contractor

Landscaping is hard work and it takes some time to complete. If you get into the project and find it is not something you can do yourself, you can have a landscape contractor come and complete the landscaping for you. If you have materials on site and a plan for the design, a contractor can put a crew on the job and finish it very quickly. Your cost will be lower as well because you already paid for the material so the contractor will not have to get it for you.