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  • Writer's pictureChristopher DeFeo

Tennessee River Rock Vs. New England River Rocks

If you have been a part of the landscape supply industry for a long time, you know how crucial river rocks are while designing landscapes on your client’s properties. Moreover, it is important that you choose the perfect variety of decorative stone for your house. There are various kinds that differ in color, shape, texture, and size

So, what are the different qualities of rocks available in the market?

Tennessee River Rock:

These are some of the most common rocks for yard work. They are extremely dull and lack color not to mention you will have to wait for a few months to get them since they have a long waiting list.

Tennessee River Rock
Brown, Boring, & Used Everywhere

This stone is normally used in water features like ponds, fountains, etc. Another main use for river rocks is to create dry creek beds as well as rock gardens in the homeowner's yard or at an upscale commercial property.

But since they are commonly used, here are a few cons of the Tennessee river rocks.

They are only available in one color, and that is brown. There are no other colors in the stone, only several different shades of light tan and brown. This has been a complaint that is heard more frequently every year. If you have been in the business for a long time you know that customers look for variety in almost every product that they purchase. It's the same concept with their landscaping projects around their houses. Sadly, there is no option or variety in the Tennessee River Rocks, causing some of the customers looking for something unique to look elsewhere.

These rocks are extremely hard to find since they come from only one location in Newport, Tennessee. Their supply is really low, you will most likely find yourself waiting months to actually see a load in your bin. Due to the higher demands, their prices have been steadily increasing over the previous several years. Not having products in stock can lead to unhappy customers as well as a huge loss of income. Without a consistent supply of stone, your reputation and profitability immensely decrease.

The quarry in Tennessee that mines the Tennessee River Rock will sell stone to anyone from landscapers, developers and even homeowners! This can be very difficult to overcome when you are trying to resell a product that can be simply ordered direct buy the consumer. That being said, why stock a product that is available for purchase at a homeowner's level?

So looking back, Tennessee River Rock have less color shades, terrible availability, high cost, and you can easily be cut out of the deal. And after all, you can’t sell what you can’t stock in your yard! This makes the Tennessee River Rounds an undesirable option for many landscapers and landscape supply yards who are looking for something unique on a low budget as well as in a variety of options.

So, is there any alternate option?

Let's take a look at why prefer New England River Rocks over Tennessee River Rounds.

New England River Rocks:

New England River Rocks are one of the best choices to keep in stock and use on landscape construction and hardscape projects. The popularity of this stone has greatly increased in the past 3 years. This is due to their availability and mixture of colors.

So, let's take a look at some of the most advantageous factors of the New England River Rocks.

These river rocks have a mix of various colors, this lets the stone blend in well with almost any house or building color. The multicolored mix is what really pops when used in a water feature. Consumers usually go for the multicolored rocks which have more of a color mix in them because they look good with a wider range of house colors. New England River Rocks are the best choice to sell in any location on the east coast.

Their availability is very high compared to Tennessee River Rounds. Carolina Stone Supply has various quarries where the stone is screened and washed. So, they are widely available in the market. We partner with quarries across New England to ensure there is always a stockpile on the ground.

The sizing available far surpasses any other available decorative stone on the market. With available sizing of 3/16”,5/16”, 3/8”, ¾”, 1-2”, 2-3”, 3-6” and 6-12”, your options are endless. This is a huge deal considering many jobs have engineers requiring specific sizing with a very strict allowance on the specifications.

These are one of the best-selling stones on website. Some landscape supply yards sell more than 1000 tons of New England River Rock in assorted sizes. This goes to show that this product is in heavy demand!

For the past few years, the demand for New England River Rocks has increased compared to Tennessee River Rounds. The supply, color, and price make New England River Rocks too good to pass up. They also are an excellent choice for fountains, ponds, pathways, rock gardens, porch creeks, and many more applications.

At Carolina Stone Supply, you can get a large range of decorative stone at a reasonable price. You can choose from a large selection of wholesale products in bulk or on pallets to find the perfect option for whatever your use will be.

Visit our website and you'll see that we have an amazing collection of wholesale stone products, including specialty rock varieties

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