Lava Rock Install

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by AllProLC, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Have been asked to quote Lava Rock installation for client. Does anybody have any prior exp. with these? Install price, coverage,etc..
  2. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ask your supplier they should be able to tell you how much area it covers. As for price, my guess is lava rock would go down just about as easily as mulch maybe a little more difficult because of the rigid edges ont he rock. But it is also almost as light as mulch. Just a guess though.

    P.S. I no longer touch lava rock period (maybe if someone actually wanted it I might) because Iw orked on a golf course that had it around the entire massive clubhouse. We removed it all from the landscape beds one summer ( I never wanted to touch it again because it is so hideous!!!!!!!!!)
  3. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    Lava rocks cost over $110 a yard here (rocks only - no labor). I have installed it for a customer and it cost big bucks. It isnt any harder than mulch though. Make sure you include weed block fabric under the rocks. It is nice because it makes the landscape relatively maintenance free. Charge a lot for it.
  4. ooo

    ooo LawnSite Member
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    About $110/yard here too.
  5. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    $90 CDN here. I love the stuff. It really saves the back, when you have to wheelbarrow 5 yards to the site. :)
  6. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    use something else, lava rock is a royal pain. Its to light to stay in place and if you ever have to blow it out forget it.
  7. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 434

    Lava rock is bad choice.
    But the way I quote rock install is by the sq. ft.
    I can get loose rock or in 2 sq ft bags.
    I prefer the bags I charge double the bag price.
    A few customers freak at the price but I tell them its labor intense and they can do it themselves if they like and you will save exactly 1/2 price.
  8. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    How much lava rock are you thinking about? How large is the area and what will the area be used for?

  9. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
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    Meeting w/ client today @ 1pm to discuss/measure job. Will let you know, thanks.
  10. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Dreams To Designs, just measured lava rock job. 1600 sq. ft. area to be covered in rock. Any suggestions.... they are tired of adding mulch every yr. Going to be expensive!!

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