Best Landscaping Stone

What is the best landscaping stone for my project?

It’s the million-dollar question at McCauley’s Equipment. Find out which gravel/stone you need for your next landscaping project.


¾” Crushed stone mixed with fines makes a great base for patio and paver bases. #21A is made up of mostly fines with a little bit of gravel mixed in.

3/4″ Washed Gravel/Large Pea Gravel

3/4″ gravel is a tan/brown color. Some of the stones are 3/8″, some are 1/2″ and some are about 1″. This gravel can be used for drainage and it is a little bit decorative of a stone than standard crushed stone.

Pea Gravel

Pea gravel stones are about the size of a pea. The color tones are tans and browns and whites. It is most commonly used for playgrounds, patios, and walkways/paths.


#68 Crushed stone is best used for touch-up for stone driveways, use in ready-mix concrete, septic fields, bedding for large pipes, filter stone, dry wells, concrete slab bedding, and residential drainage. Sizes of about 3/8″. #68 has similar uses to #57 but #68 is smaller gravel pieces than #57.


#57 is the most commonly used gravel. It is crushed stone commonly used for driveways, French drains, drainage pipes, patio base, and landscaping. Sizes of about 3/4″.


#3 Crushed stone is for extremely muddy areas, for erosion control, and for drainage. Sizes from 1/2″ to 2″. Can be used for construction entrances to adhere to Fairfax County construction codes. These are fairly large stones so you wouldn’t want to use them in places where people walk.


#1 Large crushed stone is most commonly used around drain tile in basements and construction entrance driveways. Sizes are from 2″ to 4″. Can be used for construction entrances to adhere to Fairfax County building codes. These are fairly large stones so not really for use for walkways.


#2 Stone usually comes in off-white or earth tone colors. These stones are approximately 2.” Since the stones are round and smooth, it can be used as a functional but decorative stone. It is commonly used for septic systems, drain fields, and landscaping.