In a recent blog, we discussed the soil types that dredgers encounter. Among them, of course, was gravel, one of the most common types of soil in the world. Despite is perhaps commonplace and humble status, gravel is one of the most highly sought after substances on earth currently, and many dredging companies are staying in business by simply hauling up massive quantities of these small rocks from the beds of waterways. But what is all of this gravel being used for? US Aqua Services is here to explore the usefulness of these pea-sized rocks.

Construction Material

Over the last hundred or so years, gravel has been elevated from rumble to rockstar status as it is increasingly used in more and more projects. Today, it is used to make concrete, to create foundations for new roads, to mix with asphalt, fill construction sites, and even create other construction materials like blocks, pipes, and bricks. In some cases, gravel is piled into blast furnaces and used as a flux. This gravel becomes a liquid slag that is allowed to harden into a stone material that’s used as an aggregate for other construction materials. Indeed, the construction industry is the biggest consumer of gravel.

Landscaping And Outdoor Design

Of course, once a building is constructed, it has to be decorated. In recent years, gravel has experienced something of a renaissance, as more and more homes turn to xeriscape their yards, using gravel to take the place of grass. In order to better manage their water resources, landscapers use gravel in place of mulch because it does a better job of preventing evaporation, ensuring that moisture stays in the soil below the gravel. Beyond its practical purposes, it’s used for decorative features like walkways, patios, and even driveways.

Erosion Control

Erosion is the process of soil being washed away by rain or tide waters. In some regions of the United States, erosion is a cause for major concern. Fortunately, it can be addressed by using gravel. The gravel is layered on top of dams, fences, planks, and patches of dirt in order to prevent the soil from being swept away by water. This works because the soil is able to latch onto the gravel, ensuring it stays in place.

Agricultural Uses

Gravel can be found on nearly every farm in the United States. It is used to create agricultural lime, which farmers use to reduce the acidity of their soil and promote crop growth. It is also ground down, and used as a form of mineral feed for poultry, like chickens and turkeys. Poultry require small rocks and minerals in order to properly break down their food.

US Aqua Services has worked with its fair share of gravel over the years, and we have the skills and machinery capable of helping dredge and extract all the gravel you could ever need. After a site visit, our specialists can suggest the right dredger for your project and then rent it to you. Contact us today to get started.