Examples of decomposed granite landscapes include garden pathways, patios, play areas and sports courts. Decomposed granite, sometimes called DG, is a landscape material that is made up of granite aggregate no larger than 1/4 inch in diameter. There is a loose form, a stabilized form and a form that uses resin. It is usually available in gray, tan and brown. DG gives landscaping a more natural look than concrete or other forms of paving.Continue Reading
Loose DG is made up of the aggregate alone and works well in areas that need a lot of drainage. It works well on garden pathways and garden bed borders. The aggregate is applied then tamped down so the surface becomes fairly hard, but it is prone to erosion. It may not be the best choice in areas that get lots of rain because it may turn muddy or wash away, requiring frequent repaving. Loose DG often gets tracked into homes.
Stabilized DG is more expensive but the stabilizer added to the aggregate makes it last longer. This is a better choice for patios because it erodes less and doesn't turn muddy when it rains. Since the granite pieces stay put, it is easier to walk on with bare feet. It is also better for pathways and driveways because it requires less maintenance.
DG with resin added is the most expensive option, but once in place, it looks more like asphalt. This is the best option for driveways, patios and sports courts that see a lot of use. Since this DG doesn't erode, nothing is tracked inside a home or office. However, resin DG has poorer drainage.Learn more about Landscaping