Different Types of Aggregates & Their Uses

February 12, 2024
Whether you need a decorative feature or finish in your garden and driveway, bulk bagged aggregates or loose aggregates are an inexpensive choice, really easy to work with, and they certainly help you reduce the time you spend on property upkeep. You can pick-up or request delivery.
Aggregates come in different gradings, and textures, with varying moisture content and various other characteristics that determine the kind of job they are suited for. Let’s look at different types of aggregates and some of their uses so you can make the best choice for your next project.
SAND – There are different types of sand available for construction: sharp sand, ballast, and even recycled sand. Each type has its own uses.
BALLAST SAND – Ballast is a mix of sand and gravel and is generally used when building foundations for specific jobs such as houses and roadways as well as railways.
GRAVEL – Gravel has larger grains than sand. It can be used as part of driveways or pathways, occasionally mixed with concrete but often simply laid down on top.
ROCKS, PEBBLES AND SHINGLE – These types of aggregate come in a variety of colors, shapes, and surface textures. Shingle and stone aggregate can be glassy, smooth, rough, honeycombed, and more, and can be used to create unique and beautiful decorative garden features.
CRUSHED ROCK – One particular type of aggregate is crushed rock, made when larger pieces of rock are crushed into smaller pieces. This makes for another excellent base for forming concrete slabs and driveways.
ROCK DUST – Fine rock dust is a by-product of the quarrying industry and results from rock crushing. Also known as crusher dust, it can be used to improve the soil by remineralization, helping to rebuild topsoil and to speed up growth in your garden.
If you know the type of aggregates you require, use our aggregate calculator to estimate how much you’ll need for your project. Just call (703) 339-8095 to speak to our staff about our aggregates and our pricing or please visit our webpage for more details.

Natural Stone Pallets for a Variety of Uses on Exterior Structures

January 30, 2024
Natural Stone Pallets can be purchased for a variety of uses on exterior structures, but other uses may include:
  • Thin Veneer Walls
  • Thick Veneer Walls
  • Retaining Walls
  • Walkways
  • Patios
  • Edging
  • ·Steps
  • Boarders
  • And more.
One pallet of Wall Stone is about 1 ton and will cover 27 linear feet x 1 foot high x 1 foot wide. Please call (703) 339-8095 the Yard today for details and pricing or visit our website for images and a list of the natural stone product inventory we stock.

Our Large Inventory of Decorative River Rocks for Your Landscaping

November 6, 2023
River Rocks range in size from 3/8 inches to 8 inches and are round in shape. Rock Stone and Sand Yard RSSY carries a large inventory. Depending on your project, we can recommend the proper size and shape. Decorative river rocks can be a longer lasting low maintenance alternative to organic mulches.
Primary Uses:
Decorative Landscaping
Garden Border
Drainage & Wash Areas
Mulch Alternative
After laying down decorative river rock, we recommend wetting it down to wash off any dust to really make the colors stand out. Also if the project involves a wash area you want to use our premium weed block as a base. Please call (703) 339-8095 or visit our website for more details. See you at the Yard.

Fall and Winter Are Ideal for Planning and Installing Your Hardscape

October 16, 2023
It’s only natural that once Spring or Summer rolls around, our thoughts turn mostly to yard design and renovation projects. The warm weather and long days make us want to spend as much time outside as possible and rev up our hardscapes for relaxation and entertaining.
What many homeowners don’t realize is that Fall and Winter are actually ideal seasons to plan and install hardscapes for these reasons.
  • Cost Savings – Contractors are not as busy
  • Quicker Turn-a-Round – Hardscaping products in Inventory
  • Less Damage to your Yard – Turf may be frozen.
  • Less Disruption – Not using your yard.
  • Often Ideal Weather – Many nice low humidity days in early winter.
Rock Stone and Sand Yard RSSY the premier hardscaping company in Northern Virginia inventories hardscaping materials from Belgard, Nicolock, Keystone Hardsacapes and Techo-Bloc and offers our hardscaping and landscaping design, delivery and maintenance services all year round. Call us today (703) 339-8095 to discuss hardscaping ideas and pricing for your outdoor living areas. You can visit our website for additional details. See you at the Yard.

Factors for Selecting Hardscape Materials

August 21, 2023
RSSY, Rock Stone and Sand Yard lists seven factors for selecting hardscape materials. Properly done residential hardscaping creates an impression of care in your outdoor living areas around the home.
– Aesthetics
– Functionality
– Durability
– Maintenance
– Health And Safety
– Ecological Benefits
– Cost
Our sales representatives will be happy to discuss these factors with you and how they apply to your hardscaping ideas and plans. Stop by or call us (703) 339-8095 today.

Enhance Your Landscape in Northern Virginia with Natural Boulders and Steppers

June 5, 2023
Enhance the age and elevation of your landscape in Northern Virginia with Natural Boulders and Steppers. Natural Steppers, also known as Garden Path Steppers and Slabs, can be a key element to completing any elevated or sloping terrain landscape project. Rock Stone and Sand Yard has an inventory of natural quarried and mined steppers and slabs.
Applications vary from small garden path steppers to extra-large diving rock slabs and everything in between. Choose from an abundance of sizes, colors, and textures. Steppers and slab material is classified at RSSY by type and packaged by the pallet or by the pound. Please call us today (703) 339-8095 for more details and pricing.

Supplying Stone Products for Your Hardscaping and Water Feature Projects This Season

May 12, 2023
The serenity of flowing water in your backyard gives a sense of privacy by masking noises and allowing you to listen to the tranquil sounds of water flowing over a waterfall. Our customers come to RSSY, Rock Stone and Sand Yard, for many hardscaping ideas and especially water feature ideas.
Our customers seeing the changing world and economic tides have been trading vacations for “staycations” and are looking for ways to build on their biggest investment… their home. Building a water feature is the perfect way for homeowners to create a relaxing space, while adding value to a home.
Water features come in all shapes and sizes, allowing you to express your personal design style. Options include ponds, pondless waterfalls, fountains, container water gardens, and any combination in between. No matter what size space you have, there is sure to be an option that will fit your hardscape budget.
Water is the base of life, so humans and animals are naturally drawn toward water. Wild birds, dragonflies, turtles, butterflies, and frogs will enjoy your new outdoor addition. When designing your pond, think about ways to include food and shelter options for these critters. This will provide them with a habitat in your backyard that will both entertain and build into the overall ecosystem.
Call us today (703) 339-8095 or stop by the Yard to speak with one of our representatives concerning water features.


Supplying Contractors and Residents with Quality Stone in the Northern Virginia Area

April 26, 2023
The Rock Stone and Sand Yard, Inc. (RSSY) supplies contractors and residents in the Northern Virginia and DC area area with a huge selection of top quality natural and manufactured stone for building and landscaping at competitive prices. RSSY is a stocking supplier for Belgard, Nicolock, Keystone and Techo-Bloc products. Come see us today for natural and manufactured stone and much more. Stop by our design store at 10133 Giles Run Road, Lorton VA 22079 or contact us at (703) 339-8095.

Architectural Stone Veneer – The Carolina Collection

April 20, 2023
Harvested in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Carolina Collection is a group of natural stone products with 10 distinct colors offered in 4 styles (or cuts), making it easy to compare and choose the perfect stone for your project. The products in this collection are also available in medium or full-bed thickness, as well as landscape products such as flagstone and decorative boulders. Natural architectural stone, building stone, steppers & boulders and pallets color and texture change over time.
Please call us (703) 339-8095 today or visit our yard in person to view the size, shape, texture and color of any natural stone you desire to purchase, especially if you are trying to match a purchase from the past. Visit our website for additional details.

Create a Custom Outdoor Space in Your Backyard

March 27, 2023
Northern Virginia Homeowners
Let’s create a custom outdoor space in your backyard, your way. We inventory outdoor fire pits that are just right for marshmallow roasting, outdoor kitchens that make cookouts a breeze, and pavers and wall units to make patios where everyone has a seat. When working with Rock Stone and Sand Yard RSSY at our Lorton VA locations, you have access to sales people that are hardscape design experts and can provide you with ideas and features you will not find on a shelf or in a catalog.
Hardscapes, including concrete patios, built-in outdoor kitchens, fire pits or outdoor fireplaces, and seating walls, not only make outdoor entertaining easier, but they can also make your Northern VA home look more attractive. Call (703) 339-8095 to schedule a visit to the yard and speak to one of our hardscape sales people that can help you find the layouts, materials, and custom features to blend with your landscapes and add value to your home.