Arizona Landscaping Prices
Written by Brian B

Arizona Landscaping Prices

There is nothing better than a perfectly landscaped front and backyard. The lush greenery or vibrant colors of a desert setting can be enjoyed by all. Flowers, trees and cacti can provide numerous benefits; not just for homeowners, but for the environment as well. Grass alone can help cleanse the environment. Grass captures dust, absorbs water and cleanses the air, among several other duties. Overall, a beautiful landscape provides a calming influence in the air. So, why not get started on an ambitious landscaping project heading into the fall season? Here is a list of averages of some Arizona landscaping prices.

Landscape Rocks

  • Landscape stone: priced between $20-$100 per cubic yard, on average.
  • $0.75-$4 per cubic foot.
  • Arizona river rocks can be costly, running around $230 per yard.


  • Economy mulch generally costs $2-$4 per bag.
  • Economy mulch can cost $15-$30 per cubic yard, if you prefer to measure it that way.
  • Colored or hardwood mulch can cost $30-$40 per yard.
  • That same type of mulch can run you between $3-$8 per bag.
  • Mulch delivery can cost between $40-$100.

Wood Chips

  • Wood chips are typically cheap, costing about $2 per bag.
  • Per yard, the average cost is $24 for wood chips.
  • Wood chips delivery can cost between $120-$250, depending on the amount of area covered.

Fill Sand

  • Fill sand runs at a price of $15-$50 per yard.
  • A bulk truck load delivery of sand, dirt or topsoil usually costs between $150-$600.


  • Costs of landscaping boulders is between $100-$600 per ton.

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A&A Materials, Inc. specializes in decorative rock landscape materials in Scottsdale and surrounding areas, that make your property look its best year-round. Call us at 480-990-0557 with any questions or for more information.

How To Landscape Using Mulch
Written by Brian B

How To Landscape Using Mulch

Nothing could be simpler than laying mulch, right? Wrong. While it may seem as though all you have to do is grab a shovel and mulch away, there are some specific details that must be followed. Here is our best advice on how to landscape using mulch.

Purchasing Mulch

We’ll start with the easiest step first. Before heading to a local supplier, you must find out exactly how much mulch you need for your landscaping project. You don’t want to underestimate the amount needed, and overestimating will just result in an excess of mulch wasting away in storage. Figuring out the square footage of your bed is key, then you can easily decide how many bags or scoops of mulch you’ll need to buy.

Mulch Timing

How to lay down mulch can be a tricky question, but when to lay down mulch is much simpler. There are two times of the year that are suited best for this particular landscaping project. Spring is the ideal season to lay down mulch. This season provides a great amount of rain to help break down the organic materials found in mulch. These will then penetrate the soil and give your garden an aesthetically pleasing look heading into the spring. The fall season can prove beneficial for mulch as well. Laying mulch before the colder weather hits gives your plants an extra layer of insulation. No matter which season you choose to perform the mulching, make sure it follows a rainy period, so the newly laid mulch can help keep in the moisture.

How To Lay Mulch

Laying mulch can be performed in a simple, five-step process.

  • Clean your beds: Make sure to rake up leaves, sticks or any other debris before laying mulch.
  • Water the beds: If you decide to lay mulch after a particularly dry run of weather, then you should manually apply water to these beds. Mulch will be added to help seal in the moisture you just provided.
  • Weed removal: One of the biggest benefits of mulch is it stops weed growth dead in its tracks. Removing weeds ahead of laying mulch will only give you more of a head start.
  • Spreading: Spreading the mulch by hand is the recommended process here. Shaking your mulch into little piles from a wheelbarrow can help you control portion size. You’ll know you’ve laid enough mulch when the spread is two to four inches thick. Spreading it too thin could cause weeds to grow right through your layer of mulch.
  • Water, again: Watering your bed should be the first and last step. One final watering will truly help your mulch flourish.


You now know how to lay the mulch and when to lay the mulch, but which tools should you use when performing this task?

  • Shovel: The shovel is essential for putting mulch into the wheelbarrow and removing it.
  • Wheelbarrow: Much needed for transportation of the mulch.
  • Pitchfork: The pitchfork could be used in addition or in spite of the shovel.
  • Rake: After laying the mulch, make sure to evenly rake it across your bed.
  • Gloves: Gardening gloves are certainly recommended for this process. Remember, you will likely be laying the mulch by hand.

A & A Materials, Inc., located in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers native compost for your landscaping needs. Call us at 480-990-0557 for more information.

Written by Brian B

Landscape – Sand

The importance of using sand and other aggregates in your next landscaping venture cannot be overstated. Not only is sand aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the material serves a very vital role to the structure of your project. Along with clay, gravel and stone, sand can be found at most of Arizona’s landscaping suppliers. Here is a look at some of the best types of sand available in the area.

Mortar Sand

Mortar sand is a very popular foundational piece for bricks and block walls. Mortar is a mixture of sand, water and cements, which is perfect for home construction. The three components are used to hold the cement mix in place, ensuring a sound structure. Typically, mortar is not as strong as concrete, but the mortar mix is much thicker than the aforementioned concrete.

Washed Concrete Sand

Much like mortar sand, washed concrete sand serves many purposes when it comes to construction. Washed concrete sand seemingly has no limitations; being used as a foundation in horse arenas and base under pavers. This mix can be used anywhere coarse-textured sand is specified and called for. Washed concrete sand is stronger than mortar sand.

Fill Sand

Fill sand is commonly used for both residential and commercial construction projects. Fill sand is essentially an assortment of very fine particles of rocks. Depending on the source, these particles have either been crushed down by machinery or broken down naturally over time. Fill sand is especially useful in Arizona due to its resistance of moisture, which creates a natural drainage area. In the desert, fill sand is more popular than fill dirt, for obvious reasons. One of the only drawbacks to fill sand is its inability to maintain its shape or remain sturdy for long periods of time.

Screen Silt Sand

Screen silt sand may be the perfect balance between clay and sand mixtures. Silt generally retains a large amount of water, but releases the water when plants seek moisture. This is one of the more fine sands commonly used in landscaping projects. Screen silt sand has certainly carved out of niche inside the Arizona landscaping world.

All Purpose Sand

All purpose sand is exactly what it sounds like. This is a general-purpose substance used for an array of landscaping duties. Whether it is used for a foundation, traction or for grease absorption, all purpose sand is the ideal filler for your next project. This sand is washed, dried and sanitized for personal and commercial use. This all purpose sand can also be found in gardens, sandboxes and even cat litter boxes.

Sand can be used as fill under concrete or pavers. Call A & A Materials, Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona, at 480-990-0557 for more information on our fill sand.