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Adding Rip Rap For An Interesting Texture and Function

Rip Rap in Phoenix is comprised of larger pieces of granite which can measure from 3” to 6” or more. These are larger very rough pieces of rock which have been crushed from huge mined pieces of granite. The most apparent characteristic of Rip Rap is that the rock is very angular and jagged.

Dry Creek Beds

Because of the very natural appearance of Rip Rap, it creates a very unique visual contrast to the more smooth surface of decorative rock ground cover. Many designers will use Rip Rap to create a dry creek bed which meanders through a landscape creating visual interest and a means of pulling the eye around the property. These dry creek beds can be created by digging down slightly below the original grade and then lining the channel with the larger Rip Rap material.

Functional Drainage

Rip Rap can also be used to create a very functional drainage channel. These can drain water from a downspout, runoff from a hard surface such as a driveway or parking lot or even storm runoff. When the creek bed is functional, it is normally dug to be about 6” or more below the natural grade to ensure that the water flows in the desired direction.


Rip Rap material creates a very natural looking border for ponds, water features or even as a barrier. The large jagged pieces of rock are very difficult and sometimes dangerous to walk on and will deter most foot traffic. Some homeowners like to take advantage of this fact and place the larger sizes stone below windows as a safety feature to keep people away from the windows.

Rip Rap Calculator and Care

The colors of Rip Rap will vary depending on the granite that was crushed to create it. In most cases, homeowners can purchase Rip Rap to match their existing rock or use a contrasting color to add more impact and interest. Due to the size of the pieces of rock, 1 ton of Rip Rap will only cover about 30 square feet of surface area to the recommended depth of 6”. This is a very easy project for any homeowner who is interested in a do-it-yourself project but is not afraid of a little hard work. Often times the larger pieces must be placed by hand as shoveling is very difficult and awkward. But there is no real skill needed to complete this type of project. Maintenance is limited to occasional spraying with liquid weed control to keep the Rip Rap looking nice.

Contact Cyclone Rock to learn more about the varieties of Rip Rap that they offer and how you can create a completely new look in your yard just by adding this striking feature.