Primary Sand Types Used in Landscaping Features

In addition to our high-quality landscaping rocks, boulders, gravel and related landscape items, we at Utah Landscaping Rock are proud to offer a variety of sand and topsoil deliveries to all our clients in need. While topsoil has several valuable uses within a given garden or landscape, sand is primarily used to aerate soil, help with bases and foundations and even serve as a great texture for certain activity areas.

Depending on the nature of your landscape and your precise needs, you might require a few different common types of sand delivered to your property. While definitions here vary somewhat between manufacturers and even areas of the country, here’s a quick primer on a few of the most popular sand types found in landscapes, plus the potential value each holds for you if you choose it.

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Utility Sand

Also sometimes called fill sand, this type of sand is actually a mixture of several different colors of sand particles. It’s meant to be coarse and relatively rough to the touch, generally placed under paving stones as a foundation material for concrete or asphalt.

In other cases, utility sand will be used to fill holes, gaps or trenches. It’s know for its compaction quality, which is essential for many landscaping projects. And while it should generally not be used for comfort or play areas where people will be running around barefoot due to its coarseness, it’s useful for a variety of practical needs throughout the landscape.

Beach Sand

Also called sandbox sand or white sand in some circles, beach sand is the type you’re likely familiar with from trips to see the ocean. You’ll also generally find it in volleyball courts, playgrounds and child sandboxes – in other words, it’s what’s used when you know people will be playing or running in it often. This sort of sand has no silica and is completely safe for barefoot use, and is often used by home or business owners looking to infuse a bit of entertainment into their landscape.

Concrete Sand

Finally, for many of your leveling or base layer needs for patios, walkways and pools within the landscape, concrete sand is an ideal complement. It’s a mix of cement and sand, one that comes with great coarseness and mixes very well with a variety of paving or hardscape materials. In some cases, it can also be used to replenish the beach sand in a sandbox or on a volleyball court – though we generally do not recommend using it as the primary sand for such an area.

For more on the various types of sand often used in landscaping, or to learn about any of our landscape rocks, topsoil or other services, speak to the staff at Utah Landscaping Rock today.

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