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Frequently Asked Questions




  • How do i know how much i need?
    If you know your dimensions we can calculate how much you need. Length (feet) x width (feet) x depth (inches) / 324 = yardage Or you can enter your dimensions into our online calculator. No dimensions? For an easy estimate 1 yard covers roughly 10'x10'x3"
  • Do you deliver? Is there a minimum?
    Yes, we can! We have a variety of different-size trucks that can haul anywhere from 1/2 a yard up to 12 yards in a single load.
  • What does it cost to get a load delivered?
    Delivery is based on your location and the quantity you order. Small deliveries (up to 2 yards) within the City of Lacombe start at $35.00
  • Which is better, Deorative Rock or Mulch?"
    It depends on what you are using it for. Decorative rock is best for high traffic areas and areas requiring some drainage, such as walks, pathways, patios, and parking pads. It can also be beautiful under established shrubs and trees. Mulch helps to regulate moisture levels in the soil, insulate plant roots, and provides essential nutrients as it decomposes. Bark mulches are best used around trees, shrubs, and in garden beds that aren't planted every year like front walkways, and foundation plantings.
  • Pine vs Cedar Mulch
    Cedar mulch is a hardwood mulch that does not break down as easily. It is best to use in areas with established plants or slow-growing plants; around shrubs or established trees. It is also better for high-traffic areas like paths or walkways. Pine Mulch is a softwood mulch and will break down easier. It is best for areas with high plant turnover, as pine bark mulch is very rich in nutrients and can help your flowering plants thrive. Sometimes is just comes down to aesthetics and preference. Both will help to regulate moisture, provide nutrients as they break down, and protect roots from extreme temperatures.
  • Black dirt vs Compost vs Garden Mix?
    Screened Black Dirt, also known as "topsoil" is a good option for filling in around a new build, planting grass, or as a base for your garden. Our compost is comprised primarily of yard waste. This nutrient-rich mixture is commonly used to fertilize and improve soil conditions. It can be used on its own but is recommended to be added to existing garden soils. Compost is great for top-dressing your lawn. Garden mix is a prepared soil mixture comprised of black dirt, peat moss, and sand to make a great option for flower beds and gardens. Our Premium Garden Mix is our secret mixture for growing the best flowers, shrubs, and vegetables. Packed full of black dirt, compost, peat moss, perlite, agricultural lime, and ammonium sulfate.
  • What is the best sand for a sandbox?
    We recommend either the 3mm washed sand or fill sand for your sandbox. - 3mm washed sand is soft and cleaner than fill sand. - Fill sand has some clay in it making it better for building sandcastles but will pack over time and need to be worked up.
  • What is the best rock for a driveway or parking pad?
    3/4" Crushed Gravel is the recommended gravel for driveways. It is the standard base layer for driveways, parking pads, or under concrete pads.
  • What is the best rock to use in my dog run?
    3/4" washed rock is a popular choice for dog runs. It is easy to clean, does not retain a lot of heat, and won't get stuck between their paws. River Rock is another great option as it is a little smoother and maybe easier on tiny feet.
  • What is the best rock for around my firepit?
    3/8" to 3/4" rock are nice enough to walk on and help prevent your chairs from sinking in.
  • I am laying pavers. What should I put underneath?
    When laying pavers it is essential to have a solid base. More time will be spent preparing your base than actually laying the pavers. Barkman provides a step-by-step guide for prepping, laying, and finishing this kind of projects. It can be found here. In general, it is best to excavate some of the existing base layer, lay down a layer of course granular material, then a layer of sand before you lay the pavers.

Find answers to some of our most commonly asked landscaping questions.


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