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BLACK decorative rock? where to get it?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    I have a customer who wasnts as black of rock/pebbles anything as he can get. Im in Jersey so not sure if this is something that will have to come in from far away or not. Ive never seen anything local thats more than grey at best. Any suggestions? Whats it cost? Its for around a very large inground pool..
  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    Black Mexican Beach Pebbles. They are most often sold in plastic bags (40-50#) and are very expensive. You can also get them from some stone suppliers in bins that weigh about 1200# as I recall. Look at the suppliers in eastern PA. Oh yeah, these pebbles come in graded sizes and are flattened rounds in terms of shape. Very nice looking near water and for Asian style gardens.
  3. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 339

    I have a solution for you. We use a number of differant colors for our decorative rock clients including a black mixture. I am in Ga and owner of RockWay South. However, my partners in New Hampshire cover all of the New England states to include New Jersey. PM me and I will get you in contact with them. You can reach me at 478-447-6518.
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    If your looking for crushed rock, ask a local gravel yard for basalt. Around here, I can get 1/4" minus basalt for $17 a yard if I haul.
  5. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    That sounds pretty cheap, ill have to check into it, thanks!
  6. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    Looks as though basalt is still not pure black but i wont rule it out as an option, if its between trying to charge a customer $9000 and $200, the answer is obvious unless theyre just looking to dump out a ton of money.
  7. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    Im going to need at least 2-3 tons of this, or something equal to 4+ full size pickup loads.
  8. orionkf

    orionkf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    Around here they have trap rock. Looks like 3/4 clean rock (sometimes bigger) that is kinda deep purple, blackish.
  9. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    The price of these various types of rock will be very localized. If it's quarried locally then it will be fairly cheap. The basalt that's cheap here in the Pacific NW might not be available at all in the NE. Around here, white marble for example is nearly $200 a ton because it's not quarried locally. I don't know where it comes from, but I'll bet it's way cheaper in the area that it's quarried.
  10. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 339

    The application that we use our rock goes on top of the existing pool side concrete. The water drains away from the pool leaving a non-slip surface. It is also great because heat dissipates very rapidly so as to not burn your feet. It is a rock and epoxy mixture that is absolutely beautiful. Depending on prep work, our prices range from $6-$12 /square foot.

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