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Q: Where is Thomas Stone & Materials located?
A: We now have two great locations: highway 281 just 2.5 miles north of the hwy 46 on the right; and 1604 east between Redland & Bulverde roads right next to Mustang Equipment.

Q: When is the best time to lay sod?
A: You can apply sod at any time; however, the spring & fall are the best times. Sod helps to prevent soil erosion and reduce mud tracked into the house. If the sod is dormant (not green) make sure you purchase it from a reliable supplier. Dormant sod and dead sod (due to drying and freezing) look the same but, of course, do not perform the same. Dormant sod will green up in the spring.

Q: I have questions about sod and sod installation?
A: Visit our Turfgrass page for all that information.

Q: How much soil do I need to apply before laying sod?
A: The experts recommend a minimum of 4″ of top soil or sandy loam. Preferably, using soil that contains compost and tilling it in with your existing soil works best.

Q: What should I use and when should I fertilize my grass?
A: We recommend an organic fertilizer! Apply a layer of lawn dressing (sand & compost mix) not more than 1/2″ deep and a granular fertilizer (i.e., Houactinite) in the spring and fall. You will find both products at our locations.

Q: Are the brown spots on my lawn necessarily a fungus?
A: If you can grab a handful of grass and it pulls up by the roots, most likely you have grub worms. You can treat with beneficial nematoads or other organic methods. If you can’t pull up a handful, you most likely have a common fungus called “brown patch.” You can either spread no more than 1/2″ of compost and do a deep watering or apply whole ground corn meal. The microbes in the compost will help eliminate the brown patch and you should see color from new growth in 6-8 weeks.

Q: Will the sample I received from a supplier be an exact match to the stone?
A: Because samples represent a small area of the stone, they can be indicative of general coloring, texture, and veining. Stone is a product of nature and will vary, sometimes greatly, from slab to slab and block to block. Two batches of the same stone from the same quarry can look very different. In order to obtain the best knowledge of what your finished product will look like, always view current, full slabs when making your material decision.

Q: Can I pick up material at your location?
A: Yes, we are open to the public and will load all types of open trucks (i.e., pick-up trucks or flatbeds) and trailers.

Q: How can I pay for my order?
A: We accept all major credit cards, debit, cash, or check. You can pay with a credit card over the phone.

Q: How much stone is a ton?
A: One ton = 2000 lbs. Our pallets of stone (i.e., patio flagstone, boulders, and chopped) weighs approximately 1.5 to 2 tons per pallet.

Q: How much does a cubic yard weigh?
A: That depends on the type of material. For example, river rock and gravel weigh between 2400 & 2700 lbs, mulch about 600, soils from 1400-1800 lbs per cubic yard.

Q: How do I know how much stone I need?
A: The amount of stone depends on the type of stone and your particular project. You can use either our pricelist or website calculator to determine the amount you will need.

Q: How much waste should I figure into my job?
A: Different stones have variable waste factors. Please contact us for estimates.

Q: How do you handle delivery?
A: Thomas Stone & Materials owns their trucks and have different size trucks to fit your needs. Delivery price is determined by your location and the amount of material needed.

Q: Is sand the best product to use under flagstone?
A: Most books and websites will tell you YES since sand is easier to level; however, sand can wash away with rain leaving your patio uneven and dangerous. We have found using road base and/or decomposed granite work the best.

Q: What is Flagstone?
A: Most people refer to patio stone as Flagstone, However any uncut irregular shaped stone is a Flagstone.

Q: I have an existing patio that is cracking, can it be repaired without tearing it out and starting over?
A: More often than not, the “cracks” your seeing are not cracks, they are caused by shrinking of the mortar pulling away from the stone and can be easily repaired by a mason. Wire mesh under your patio usually eliminates this problem.

Q: We are building a house. How do I know how much stone I need?
A: Just bring in a set of your plans and we will be happy to do an estimate for you.

Landscape Ideas | Spring Branch, TX
San Antonio, Bulverde, Canyon Lake, Blanco, Boerne and Fair Oaks

Spring Branch:

490 Rodeo Dr.
Spring Branch TX 78070
830-228-5858 830-228-5848

San Antonio:

3550 N. Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78247
210-495-8873 210-495-0631