Boulders: an introduction to one of our favorite varieties of stones… and apparently yours, also

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone, from all of us at Stone Distributors to all of you! In our next several articles we are focusing on one of the most fascinating and varied types of stones we carry, Boulders.

Boulders: these days they are one of the most sought-after types of stones by landscape and hardscape designers, contractors and homeowners alike. The imaginative and innovative ways in which they are being incorporated into different walls and other designs are quite impressive.  Yet even with their popularity many people do not know there are different types of boulders available to incorporate into their projects, or how many different basic types there are.

DEFINITION: What is a Boulder? According to industry standards, a Boulder is any stone or rock that is larger than 10” in diameter. We have seen other sizes given on other sites, but 10” and above is the norm used. Boulders are often identified as being round or angular. But of course the variation of their shapes is virtually endless. Each and every Boulder is unique in shape, coloration and the rock materials contained in it.  

Here are a few pictures of the 3 basic varieties our industry recognizes in our area of northern Georgia, from largest to smallest.

3 basic varieties of Boulders:

  1. Landscape Boulders (also known as large boulders, typically over 800 lbs.)
  2. Garden Boulders (400 – 800 lbs., 2 to 4 man Boulders)
  3. River Rock Boulders (1 to 2 man Boulders)

Author’s note: there are quite a few “variations” that off-shoot from these, as you will quickly notice when searching for boulders online. These are the main 3.

In the 2nd article of this mini series we will discuss one of the varieties, Landscape Boulders, in more detail. Their common uses, some of their different types and why we like them as a focal feature in a number of different hardscapes and landscapes throughout your property.

Come right onto our 5-acre yard and talk with us about what your particular hardscape, landscape or wall project. We have a large variety of Boulders in stock and ready for you to choose from. In addition, look at our stock of Flagstone, Fieldstone, Sawn Veneer Natural Stone, River Rock, Mulch, Stones Slate chips including the Slate Trail Mix, and many other stone and landscaping products we have. We can also put you in touch with one of the highly- qualified contractors right here in our area of Marietta/Cobb County/Atlanta, Georgia to help with planning and/or installation of your hardscape, landscape or wall project.

We are conveniently located at 1675 Bells Ferry Road in Marietta. If you are unable to make it to our yard, contact us at (678) 354-0566, or visit us online at https://www.stonedist.com. You can also follow us at or our Stone Distributors Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stonedist/ or on Instagram. We are open Monday (EXCEPT FOR THIS COMING MONDAY) through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays.

SPECIAL NOTE: STONE DISTRIBUTORS IS CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY, THIS COMING MONDAY, MAY 30TH, 2022 IN HONOR OF OUR HEROES. PLEASE HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND SAFE REST OF YOUR HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

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Published by Stone Distributors

We are a Natural Stone Supplier for Professionals and Homeowners in the Kennesaw / Cobb County area of Georgia

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