How To Choose The Right Size For Your Boulders

If you are going to landscape your yard with boulders an important factor to consider is size.

Boulders that are too small may not be able to be seen once the surrounding plants grow in. Boulders that are too large can look awkward or take over your other landscape features.

Before you come out to one of our yards you can determine what size will work best in your yard by filling different size plastic trash bags with crumpled newspaper. You can use these filled bags to create the size of boulders you think will work best in your yard. This will also give you an idea of where boulders would look best in your yard and how many boulders you will want to use in your landscape design.


  • A good rule of thumb is placing your boulders in odd numbers and groupings. And vary your sizes.
  • Be sure to record the dimensions, (height, width and depth) of your ‘boulders’ and bring these with you when making your selections at our yard.
  • Just as important as the color and shape of your stone is the look of stability and permanence in your garden. The general rule is to place approximately 1/3 of the boulder below grade. However, this isn’t always necessary – you just want to achieve the look that your boulders are laying naturally in the soil – not sitting on top.

Check out our Apache Pink, Kino Blue, and Southwest Brown boulders below, they are just 3 of the many boulders we carry at SWB:

Apache Pink


A diminutive constellation of pale pink pastel hues, with a hint of deepening red. The understated quality of this boulder and refreshing pastel tones make it an ideal choice for any landscape back drop.


Kino Blue

Kino blue is a cacophany of color. Rusty browns, wine reds, faded grays and an unnaturally bright blue collide across a stone canvas in a chaotic storm. Kino blue is the stone of choice for a lively application.

Southwest Brown

Deep ruddy browns give this geometric stone quiet power befitting its name. Its defined angularity combined with the sanguine patina is outstanding.



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We value our customers and their experience with SWB!

Have you had a pleasant experience at one of our locations? Southwest Boulder & Stone would love a review on Yelp, Google or Facebook!

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The Mission of Southwest Boulder & Stone

At Southwest Boulder & Stone, we provide quality stone delivered on-time with exemplary customer service at a fair and honest price.

Quality Natural Stone: Over the past twenty years of business, Southwest Boulder has developed an extensive network of natural stone suppliers spread around the globe. From Idaho to India, Pennsylvania to Polynesia, our ability to obtain the highest quality stone is unmatched.

Honest pricing: At Southwest Boulder & Stone, you only pay for what you get. To ensure accurate weights, each of our yards is equipped with truck scales certified by County Weights & Measures. You will leave knowing you have received everything you’ve paid for and nothing less. Additionally, prices are researched and adjusted regularly to provide the best value to our customers.

Exemplary service: Southwest Boulder & Stone has implemented an extensive employee training and education program. This includes product knowledge seminars, a certification program and customer service training. The result is a team of friendly and educated staff dedicated to improving the customer experience.

On-time delivery: Contractors often walk a scheduling tightrope. Juggling the various installation steps is a complicated act. Southwest Boulder is committed to helping you keep it all together by being on-time, every time. It’s all done by our fleet of cranes, trucks, trailers, loaders and lifts and by our exceptional drivers and dispatch crew.

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Best Plants For A Winter Garden

Want to add a splash of color to your yard this winter but aren’t sure which plants will do best in cooler weather?

Sunset magazine has collected a list of great winter plants that will add color and dimension to your yard.


1. Calendula – Provides easy color from late fall through spring in mild-winter climates, and are long lasting in a vase.

2. Candytuft – Grows 8 to 12 inches high and wide; their narrow, shiny dark green leaves look great all year.

3. Cineraria – Made for the shade, florists’ cineraria adds intense color to dark corners of the garden.

4. Cyclamen – Flowers resemble shooting stars or butterflies.

5. English daisy – Plump, perky English daises make great edging plants.

6. Erica – Grown for small, needlelike leaves that become showered in small flowers.

7. Hellebores – Plant for distinctive flowers in winter and spring. They range in color from white and green through pink and red to deep purple.

8. Iceland poppy – Graceful companions to many cool-season plants, flowers are cream, orange, pink, rose, salmon, yellow, or white.

Learn about more winter plants for cool-season color from Sunset Magazine

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How To Make A Raised Garden Bed

Need an easier way to grow a garden? Try a raised garden bed.

Raised garden beds are easy to create and can reduce back strain when gardening. Southwest Boulder & Stone would like to share these tips from HGTV on how to to create your beautiful raised garden bed in about a day. The following information is from the HGTV website:

Creating a square or rectangular timber-framed raised bed is easy, especially if the pieces are pre-cut to length. Buy pressure-treated wood, which will last for many years, or treat it with preservative before you start. If the bed is to sit next to a lawn, make a brick mowing edge.

Materials Needed:

pre-cut landscape wood
tape measure
rubber mallet
drill, screwdriver
heavy-duty coach screws
rubble and topsoil

Measuring Up the Base
Dig out strips of sod wide enough to accommodate the wood. Pressure-treated wood is an economic alternative to rot-resistant hardwoods, such as oak, or consider buying reclaimed hardwood.

Lay out the wood where you want to use it. Check that it is level (use a plank of wood to support a shorter level). Check levels diagonally, as well as along the length.

Make sure the base is square by checking that the diagonals are equal in length. For a perfect square or rectangular bed, it is a good idea to have the wood pre-cut to size at your local gardening or hardware store.

Raised Vegetable Bed

Raised beds are ideal for growing vegetables, fruits and herbs. They provide better drainage on heavier soils and a deeper root run for crops like carrots and potatoes. Raised beds also lift up trailing plants, such as strawberries, which helps to prevent rotting. If you buy fresh topsoil that’s guaranteed weed- and disease-free, your crops will have a better chance of growing well.

Adding a Mowing Edge
Grass doesn’t grow well too close to a raised bed, since the soil tends to be dry and any overhanging plants create shade. A strip of bricks, sunk slightly lower than the level of the sod, creates a clean edge to allow for easy mowing.

Prepping the Area
Using a spare brick to measure the appropriate width for your mowing edge, set up a line of string to act as a guide. Dig out a strip of soil deep enough to accommodate the bricks, plus 1 inch of mortar.

Lay a level mortar mix in the bottom of the trench as a foundation for the bricks. Set them on top, leaving a small gap between each brick. This design is straight, but mowing edges can also be set around curves.

Positioning the Bricks
With a level, check that the bricks are aligned and positioned slightly below the surface of the lawn (when set in place, you should be able to mow straight over them). Use a rubber mallet to gently tap them into position.

Use a dry mix to mortar the joints between the bricks, working the mixture in with a trowel. Clean off the excess with a stiff brush.

Click here to read the entire article and make sure to properly maintain your garden to keep it looking its best.

What is your favorite plant, vegetable, or fruit to grow?? Share with us in the comments below!

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Tips For Conserving Water This Fall

Even though summer is over, water conservation needs to be practiced year round. Southwest Boulder & Stone would like to share these fall water conservation tips from Save Our Water:

Change your sprinkler schedule. As the weather cools down, lawns and plants don’t need as much water… and when it’s raining, they don’t need to be watered at all. Change your sprinkler timer now and then remember to turn if off when it is raining. Another option is to invest in a weather-based sprinkler and never worry about your sprinkler schedule.
Get a jump on spring plantings. Gardeners will tell you that plants set in the fall season require less water and will look better come springtime!
Help your trees survive the drought. Continue to water wisely and maintain your trees and landscape carefully throughout the fall season. Our trees provide a wide range of benefits at a low cost and with little effort.
Invest in a rain barrel. Consider using a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff throughout the wet months. Water collected can be used to water indoor or outdoor plants, when needed, instead of turning on your sprinklers.
Redirect downspouts to capture water. Simply redirect downspouts outside your home to capture any rainwater and direct it to garden or plant areas.
Check for leaks. Find and fix leaks now! One way to find out if you have a leak present is to read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you most likely have a leak.
Install low-flow showerheads. Most water is wasted outdoors, but did you know showers are the largest indoor water waster? Reduce your indoor water use by as much as one-third by simply switching your old showerheads for low-flow showerheads.

Click here for more tips on conserving water indoors.

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A Big Thank You From Bonsall Elementary School

Southwest Boulder & Stone donated gravel to Bonsall Elementary School for a terrarium project their 4th grade class was working on. The class sent us this book to thank us!

Thank you for the book, we are glad your terrariums were successful!


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