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Customers of Austin Water or a qualifying water provider can receive rebates and incentives by taking steps to conserve water.

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Posted in Crushed Granite - DG, rocks, Tips

Where To Buy Dillo Dirt In Austin

Rock N Dirt Yard has been selling Dillo Dirt in Austin, Texas since we opened. You can pick it up at our dirt yard or you can have it delivered right to your home.

“Dillo Dirt™” is a compost made by the City of Austin since 1989. If you know Austin, you will not be surprised to learn that it was the first program of it’s kind in the state and one of the oldest in the nation.

All yard trimmings collected curbside across the City as well as some of our treated sewage sludge are combined and composted to create Dillo Dirt™. The heat generated in composting (130 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit) is sufficient to virtually eliminate human and plant pathogens. After active composting for over a month, our compost is “cured” for several months, then screened to produce finished Dillo Dirt™.

Dillo Dirt™ easily meets all Texas and EPA requirements for “unrestricted” use, which even includes vegetable gardens, if you desire. Like many other composts, Dillo Dirt™ has many benefits to the soil and plants. Composts add to the organic matter in the soil, reducing watering. Organic matter feeds the microbes in the soil, making a more healthy environment. Dillo Dirt™ is made from totally recycled materials, and this recycling is less expensive to citizens than landfilling these materials.

Posted in Dirt, Products

Austin Landscape Materials Supply

It is Spring in Austin and it is time to get down to business on landscaping your yard.  Rock N Dirt Yard will save you time and money on all your landscape materials.  We have a huge supply of dirt, rocks, and grass combined with the lowest delivery prices in Austin.  Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and loves to help with any questions or concerns you have about your specific project.  We are longtime South Austin people who take pride in our work.  Each day we help Austin become more and more beautiful.  We want to be your landscape supply depot.

Posted in News, Tips

Austin Patio Stone

Rock N Dirt Yard has a new great sale on a variety of our patio stone.  Aztec, Rainbow, and Coffee patio stone are a great choice for utility and decoration.  This stuff looks great and at the lower price we hope that you will find great value in this stone.  One ton of stone covers 80 square feet.  Give us a call or come by if you would like to know more.  Thanks a ton!

 

Posted in News, Patio Stone, Products, rocks, sale

Decomposed Granite Basic Information

 

What is decomposed granite?

Decomposed granite is like gravel, but finer and generally more stable.  It’s formed from the natural weathering and erosion of solid granite, a tough, hard, igneous rock. The DG sold as landscaping material is typically composed of fine 3/8-inch (or smaller) particles; some may be no bigger than a grain of sand. Colors vary, from buff to brown, and include various shades of gray, black, red, and green.

What are the types of decomposed granite?

Although there are at least 30 colors and varying degrees of particle sizes, decomposed granite basically comes in three forms: natural, stabilized, and resin-coated:

  • Natural DG is used as a mulch material and can be spread around trees and garden beds much like wood mulch. It will continue to weather after it is put in place and provides nutrients to surrounding soil and plants.  It lasts longer than most other mulch materials and will not attract pests.
  • For a path or patio, DG with stabilizers (which serve as a binder) is the best solution. Stabilized DG is often added on top of another gravel material, tamped down, then left with a thin loose layer on top.
  • DG with resin for driveways has a similar surface to asphalt, but has a more natural look and is permeable.

 

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What are the best ways to use decomposed granite?

While DG is most commonly used for paths, driveways, garden trails, and as a xeriscape ground cover, it can also be used to create smooth visual transitions between formal garden and wilderness. One of its advantages is that it breaks down, so any DG that migrates into lawn or planting beds does not cause problems the way gravel does. Lining a path or patio with a black metal strip (which will disappear if buried low enough) will help keep it in place.

One caveat: Make sure not to install the material too close to a house or building. It does stick to shoes, and will scratch floors. This can be avoided by separating the DG from the home with a few feet of other surface materials, plus a door mat.

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How much does decomposed granite cost?

The raw material costs $35/yard. The cost to have a contractor install a path or patio is approximately $4-$6 per square foot, depending on conditions and whether stabilizers are added. If you do it yourself, the cost will be about half that amount.

For a resin-coated DG driveway, which has a surface much like asphalt (but is permeable), the cost is higher. A local driveway installer is the best source for cost information.

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Decomposed Granite Recap:

  • Has some of the advantages of gravel–the crunchy sound, the softened look, the permeability–without some of the disadvantages: it remains firm underfoot.
  • As it starts to weather and erode, it’s simple to add more.
  • Soft, natural appearance.
  • Can be used to smooth transitions between garden and wilderness.
  • Provides good drainage.
  • Excellent mulch material.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Sticks to shoes–different surface materials are needed near house, plus a doormat, to keep material out of house (will scratch floors)
  • Good solution under large trees where grass won’t grow.
  • Keeps dust down.
Posted in Crushed Granite - DG, Gravel, Products

Austin Lawn And Plant Water Saving Tips

 

  • Visit Grow Green for free landscape design templates, a list of drought tolerant plants that are native or adapted to the area, and troubleshooting tips.
  • Install a rainbarrel or rainwater harvesting system to capture rainwater from your roof for use on your landscape.  Rebates may be available from Austin Water.
  • Add 2 to 4 inches of organic material, such as compost or bark mulch, around trees and plants to help retain moisture in the soil and discourage weed growth.  Press mulch down around the drip line of each plant to form a slight depression which will help minimize water runoff.
  • Try using ollas (unglazed clay pots) to irrigate your bedding plants. Bury the pots (first seal any drainage holes) so that about one inch remains above the surface.  Fill with water and cover. The water will slowly seep through the porous clay, directly irrigating the plants’ roots.  Refill when the water is absorbed, usually once or twice a week.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting.  Taller grass encourages growth of deeper root systems and shades the soil to reduce moisture loss.
  • Choose drought-tolerant plants when landscaping, and group plants with similar water needs together (hydrozoning).  If you’re installing a lawn, select a turf mix or blend that matches climate and site conditions.
  • Avoid over-seeding your lawn with winter grass that requires watering. Warm season turf, such as St. Augustine and Bermuda, goes into a form of dormancy over the winter and gets adequate water from precipitation.
  • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for areas that receive little use or are hard-to-water, such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  • When you give your pet fresh water or clean out your fish tanks, don’t pour the old water down the drain.  Use it to water your plants.  Wash pets outdoors in an area of lawn that needs water.
  • Aerate your lawn at least once a year by punching holes about six inches apart to allow water to reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
  • Don’t over-water your plants.  Learn how much water they need and how best to apply the right amount. Before watering, use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth.  If the top two or three inches of soil are dry, it’s time to water.
  • Use a timer on hose-end sprinklers to avoid over-watering.  Remember that sprinklers may only be used according to the assigned watering schedule for your address.
  • Use a minimum amount of organic or slow release fertilizer to promote a healthy and drought tolerant landscape.
  • Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs, and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil to keep soil cooler and reduce evaporation.
  • Plant when temperatures are cooler and plants require less water- this is also less stressful for the plants.
  • Remove weeds from your garden beds- this helps cut down on excess water consumption due to plant competition.
  • Water areas in the shade about 30 percent less than sunny areas.  Shade creates a microclimate of cooler temperatures and lower evaporation, so plants need less water.
  • Top dress turf areas with ¼ to ½ inch of compost to help increase soil health.
Posted in Austin Grass, Tips

Keep Your Grass Cut Down

TALL WEEDS AND GRASS

Did you know that grass and weeds more than 12 inches in height is considered an unsanitary condition and a code violation? The city ordinance (City of Austin Code 10-5, Article 2) requires that grass and weeds be maintained below 12 inches.

 

While short grass and weeds may look nice, it is also an important way to prevent rodents, insects, and stagnant water from developing as a result of overgrowth.  When grass and weeds are maintained below 12 inches, our community not only looks better, but its cleaner and safer too.

Posted in Austin Grass, Tips

Decomposed Granite Sand

Decomposed Granite Sand - Rock N Dirt YardDue to the high prices of sand in Austin, Rock N Dirt Yard is now carrying decomposed/crushed granite sand.  This is similar to other decomposed granite we carry except much finer.  This is a great alternative to when your project calls for sand or in many of your landscaping projects.  Give us a call or come on by if you have any questions about the use of this landscape product.

Posted in Crushed Granite - DG, Products

Oklahoma Blue Wave Patio Stone

Oklahoma Blue Wave Patio Stone Rock N Dirt Yard Austin, Texas (5)Rock N Dirt Yard is now carrying Oklahoma Blue Wave Patio Stone.  This distinct looking rock is a beautiful new addition to our huge supply of patio stone.  The wavy blue texture of the patio stone will give your landscape a unique look.  The other special thing about these patio stones is that they come in fairly uniform square and rectangle pieces.  As opposed to the irregular shapes of most the patio stone we sell at the Rock N Dirt Yard, Blue Wave patio stone can give you a more uniform appearance.  The quarries have a new process for splitting these stones, so Austin residents and Rock N Dirt customers get the benefit.  Please call us, email, or come on by if you have questions or would like to check out this new beautiful rock in person.

 

Posted in Oklahoma Patio Stone, Patio Stone, Products
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