Patio Town has one of the Twin Cities’ largest selections of natural rock and stone for your landscaping needs.
Choose from more than 35 types of wall stone, flagstone, boulders and decorative rock in a variety colors and sizes. It’s easy to beautify with landscape rock and create a stunning hardscape with natural stone. Flagstone and other natural stones are perfect for patios, as driveways, walkways, filler, paths, paving stones, stepping stones, borders, ground cover, stone mulch, accents and more. As borders and accents, natural stone also can accentuate the use of concrete paving stones, segmental retaining walls, and other hardscapes in your landscape.
Choose colors that contrast or blend. Mix textures, sizes or types for a casual, natural look. Use one type of rock in differing sizes for a complementary theme. Enhance and accompany your existing paver patio, brick façade, retaining walls and other flatscapes and hardscapes around your yard with natural stone.
You’ll find something for every project and budget: gravel including Class 5 and pea gravel, pebbles, crushed stone, river rocks, riprap, wall stones, flagstone, boulders, natural rock steppers and stone slabs. Sizes range from ¼" diameter up to large boulders weighing hundreds of pounds.
Natural stone is sure to add lasting beauty and timeless appeal to your outdoor living spaces. Select from several dozen varieties of natural stone to create hardscapes within your landscape that are naturally beautiful. Or let the experts at Patio Town assist you in selecting the right natural rock to enhance your yard, garden and home.
Typically one cubic foot of rock weighs about 100 pounds. You need to calculate the square footage of the area you want to cover and then multiply the depth of stone you intend to use. This gives you the cubic feet of stone needed. Our product catalog (pdf) contains a handy chart to help you estimate what you’ll need, or let Patio Town experts estimate the amount of rock needed for your installation.
- 1 cubic yard covers approximately 108 sq. ft. at 3" thick.
- 1 cubic yard covers approximately 81 sq. ft. at 4" thick.
- 1 cubic yard covers approximately 54 sq. ft. at 6" thick.
- 1 cubic yard of rock weighs approximately 3,000 pounds depending on density of the type of rock.
Our experts recommend that you consider these things as you select natural rocks and stone:
- Local, regional and indigenous stone might be most cost effective.
- Choose a small rounded stone, such as river rock or finely crushed rock, for walkways, paths and dog runs as it is easier to walk on.
- Limestone gravel may change the acidity of the soil and impact growing plants when used for applications such as ground cover or in planting beds.
- Landscape fabric is preferred over plastic sheeting as it allows soil to breath and decreases rock settling and the need for additional rock fill.
- As for any area, choose stone mulch and rock ground cover carefully as large areas require more work should you decide to replace it.
- Rock mulch and stone ground cover help to inhibit weed growth and retain moisture, but consider that stone also absorbs and reflects heat, which can dry out some plantings.
- Choose hard stones for driveways and areas with vehicular traffic.
Also consider design and maintenance issues when installing natural stone around your home and yard:
- What colors would accent the surrounding landscaping and architecture?
- Do you want to match or contrast colors on the exterior of your home?
- What kinds of textures and materials do you prefer?
- Do you like a formal, unified look or prefer a more natural, casual use of rocks and stones?
- Smaller rock lays flatter, making leaf-blowing tasks easier than angular or larger rock, which can trap leaves more easily.
- Angular rock allows for more stormwater filtration as it creates more space between rocks and is less compact than rounded or crushed rocks, which compact more tightly.