Desert Gold Decomposed Granite Central Arizona Quarry Desert Gold gravel name suffers a lot of abuse in the stone yard industry, the correct material for this product belongs to a quarry in Central Arizona and this is a widely used in the Phoenix and Tucson markets with bulk shipping into the Southern California landscaping industry. There are many re-sellers in Southern California who in order to hide the source of their material call their Decomposed Granite "Desert Gold." These two materials do not look anything a like each other.
There are also some re-sellers in Northern California who in order to hide the source of the granite gravel they are selling call their material "Desert Gold." Perhaps they should just call it Coastal Gold since that granite gravel is quarried in the Monterey County region.
Decomposed Granite and Crushed Stone Fines are not the same materials. Decomposed granite has a natural coarse look to it with irregular round quartz pebbles. Crushed stone products tend to be more flat and have a higher amount of fine material. Crushed stone products, granite, sandstone, limestone and others offer a greater array of natural colors to work with than most true decomposed granite materials. Decomposed Granite Per Ton As a general rule of 3/8" or 1/4" of crushed stone or decomposed granite material will cover a little over 100 square feet of an ground area at a 2-1/2" depth. Decomposed Granite Per Yard As a general rule 1 cubic yard of 3/8" or 1/4" of crushed stone or decomposed granite material will cover 125 square feet in a 2-1/2" inch layer. A cubic yard of moist crushed stone fines or decomposed granite material weighs more or less 3,000 pounds.
A proper DG surface does not move underfoot like sand or gravel, but its porosity allows water to penetrate to the soil below. That aspect makes DG or crushed stone fines a good paving material around trees and shrubs. The standard application process is to spread about 2" of DG or crushed stone fines, water it thoroughly then compact it with a water filled sod roller, hand tamper or use a vibra plate it to settle. Then repeat the process with at least another 1" to 2" layer for extra depth for stability.
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