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Installing a French drain is a highly effective solution for managing water around your property. But to ensure its effectiveness, choosing the right type of gravel is crucial. At Saunders Landscape Supply, we recommend two primary types of gravel for French drains: Bluestone and RC-57. Let’s explore why these options are ideal and how to select the best one for your needs.


Absorption Efficiency

Bluestone is highly favored for French drains because of its larger stone size. This size difference allows for better absorption and drainage, ensuring that water is quickly diverted away from your property. The larger stones allow water to flow through, reducing the risk of clogging.

Aesthetic Appeal

Beyond its functional benefits, Bluestone adds a visually appealing touch to your garden or landscape. Its natural, clean look can enhance the overall aesthetics of your outdoor space, making it a practical and attractive choice.



RC-57 is another excellent option for French drains. It consists of smaller stones that can still facilitate good water drainage. However, there are important considerations to keep in mind if you opt for RC-57.

Perforated Pipe Considerations

If your French drain includes a perforated pipe, using RC-57 gravel requires additional steps to prevent potential blockage. The smaller stones can sometimes infiltrate the perforations and cause clogs. To avoid this issue, it’s essential to wrap the perforated pipe in a filter fabric. This extra layer acts as a barrier, keeping the smaller stones out of the pipe while allowing water to pass through.

Making the Right Choice

Ultimately, the best gravel for your French drain depends on your specific needs and preferences:

  • For Maximum Absorption and Aesthetics: Bluestone is the superior choice. Its larger size ensures efficient water drainage, and its natural appearance can enhance your landscape.
  • For Perforated Pipe Systems: RC-57 can be used effectively, provided you wrap the perforated pipe in a filter fabric to prevent blockages.

Why Choose Saunders Landscape Supply?

At Saunders Landscape Supply, we make getting the gravel you need for your French drain project easy. We deliver high-quality gravel right to your home, ensuring you have the best materials for a successful installation. Our expert team is also available to answer any questions and provide guidance on selecting the right gravel for your needs. Delivery is FREE.

Contact us today to schedule your delivery and take the first step toward a more efficient and aesthetically pleasing drainage solution with Saunders Landscape Supply.

By choosing the right gravel and working with a trusted supplier, you can ensure your French drain functions optimally, protecting your property from water damage and maintaining a beautiful landscape.

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