Red lava rock/crushed brick mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by osc, Jan 20, 2003.

  1. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Search = nothing so here goes...

    Anyone ever priced red lava rock or red crushed brick for mulch job? Some of the fast food joints are starting to use this for curbed in areas that are difficult to maintain.
    I've seen the lava rock in 2 cu ft bags but I need it in bulk. I haven't a clue on pricing.
    The lava rock looks sharp next to beds in black hardwood.
     
  2. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's available both ways here in Northern Kentucky. Keep in mind that labor expenses are going to be higher on lava rock jobs compared to mulch.

    Two reasons for this that I can think of right away are 1) the need for a weed mat (and pins)under the installation, and, due to the cost of the materials vs. hardwood the need to use just the right thickness which completely covers the weed mat and yet doesn't pile rocks on too thick....thereby wasting $$$.
     
  3. Tim Canavan

    Tim Canavan LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Posts: 218

    I've done the lava rock beds before around a pool at a residential house. I charged them 120.00 a yard. There are 13.5 of those 2 cu. ft. bags in a yard. You might be able to get a discount from a Lowe's or Home Depot, especially if you do alot of buisness there and they know you. I ordered by the pallet, so it worked for me.

    Hey turfquip, what the hell is that thing, a fish?
     
  4. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nahhh, that's a pissed off mole. I caught it late last year, took some close up photos, threw it all into my animator and came up with this avatar.

    Moles do bite ya know :D
     
  5. Tim Canavan

    Tim Canavan LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Posts: 218


    That's great! Any relation to the little one from Caddyshack?
     
  6. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not likely. The problem on Caddyshack was, as you may now recall, with a gopher :)
     

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