For a wide variety of outdoor projects, from paths and parking areas to weed and fire control, gravel and crushed rock can be just what you need to get the job done. There are a surprising number of options available, including many different sizes, colors and types of rock, so there's bound to be something out there that's just right for whatever area you want to cover. BUYING GRAVEL Gravel and crushed rock is available in small bags at many home centers, and in bulk through rock and masonry dealers, landscaping suppliers, nurseries, concrete suppliers and other sources. Most bulk dealers have yards that are open to the public, so you can look at different types of gravel side by side and compare. Other than in the small bags, which are convenient for very small projects but cumbersome and prohibitively expensive for larger jobs, gravel and crushed rock are sold by the cubic yard, often abbreviated to just "yard." One cubic yard is equal to the size of a cube 3 feet wide, 3 feet long,...
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