When you think about landscaping projects, sand might not be the first material that comes to mind. Of course, this material may not be ideal for a flowerbed, but it’s actually quite indispensable when it comes to effective landscaping!
Let’s take a look at a few ways you can use sand in your next landscaping project.
What is sand?
Before you buy sand for your landscaping project, it’s important to understand what it is and why it’s so useful. First and foremost, sand and gravel are not the same thing. Sand is much finer than gravel! It’s composed of different things depending on its original source, but some of the most common elements found within it are silica and calcium carbonate. And while you may think it’s impossible to purchase sand for landscaping where you live, the NSSGA reports that the vast majority of aggregates (sand included) are used within 50 miles of their original source. So don’t knock it before you research it.
How can I use sand in landscaping?
There are a number of ways you can use this handy material in your landscaping. Below, we’ll talk about two of them.
Between Pavers: Take a minute before you buy gravel to put between your pavers to think about stability. Will the larger rocks in gravel or crushed stone provide a solid base for the beautiful paver walkway you have planned? No. This is an area where sand excels because of its tiny particles! Sand can both prevent shifting in your pavers and fill the space between them.
Zen Garden: Zen gardens can be a beautiful, tranquil addition to any lawn. But if you don’t buy sand to use in their creation, your garden won’t be very zen. So don’t look at that gravel for sale — it’s sand you need. Sand is representative of the sea in a zen garden, while larger rocks represent the earth. The sand is also meant to be raked into patterns, depending on what you’re in the mood to see.
We could go on and on about why you should buy sand for your landscaping, but it’s your lawn! Don’t worry, you can contact us before you get your next big landscaping project together. Troy Sand and Gravel is here for all of your sand, gravel, or crushed stone needs.