2019 Holiday Gift from DSS

As an appreciation, our top business partners will be receiving a unique holiday gift created from our Blue Ice Landscape Glass!

These one of a kind business card holders were professionally etched by La Jolla Stone Etching and cut by ADP Granite in San Marcos.

We are grateful for the wonderful business relationships we have. And we wish you all the happiest of holidays!



DSS offers GraniteCrete for Commercial Projects


We are excited to announce that GraniteCrete is now available! We are the first and only commercial distributor in Southern California, and we are ready to help with your projects. The GraniteCrete product holds up much better than standard stabilized D.G. while maintaining its permeability and is ADA compliant. The sustainability aspect of the product is ideal because it contains no artificial pigments of synthetic stabilizers.

What does Dry Screened Product mean?

That beautiful load of stone enhances your project and sets the stage for the wow-factor! Isn’t it interesting to discover the different ways rock is filtered for size? And what it looks like while at the quarry?

A Dry Screened product means that the material typically passes through different screen sizes filtering the product for size along the way without being washed. Without the water element, there will be dust or fines and dirt that are part of the process.

Compaction Confusion?

Compaction Confusion? We understand: It is a bit of an art form!
The moisture content must be just right for the material (D.G. or Base) to get properly compacted. Too much water and the material will just get pushed around like mud. Too little water and material will not take compaction and stay loose.
Here are a couple of images that show what freshly installed, well compacted material looks like. The larger aggregate pieces get pushed down into the fines for a smooth hard surface.

DSS presents Special Effects Award

Congratulations to Garden Butterfly on her multiple awards for the 2019 CLCA Beautification Awards for the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley chapter!

We are excited to have the opportunity to present her with the Special Effects Award for the Pollinator Paradise project, for creative use of unique materials and/or methods.

Thank you to the California Landscape Contractors Association for allowing us to sponsor this category award. It is always a pleasure to see these awards being presented for the amazing creativity on the projects.

Learn The 3 Ways Landscape Rock Is Sorted

Decorative landscape rock is generally sorted/screened to size by 3 methods.

1) Static “Grizzly” Screen 
Static screens are commonly referred to as Grizzlies and are the most basic and simple of all screens used to sort rock sizes. This type of screen is often used to prescreen out the larger rock before sending material into a crusher or screening plant (which could be damaged by large pieces).