Block Basics

Belgian block, the generic name for granite cobblestones, comes in three sizes — regulation (or regular), jumbo, and cube — and in four colors: pink, black, tan, and gray.

For this project, Roger used regulation blocks, which measure about 5 by 5 by 9 inches and weigh 20 pounds apiece. You'll need approximately 12 regulations for every 5 feet of edging. They're typically sold by the pallet. One pallet holds roughly 140 pieces this size.

If you need bigger blocks, choose the jumbos (4 by 7 by 10 inches; 29 pounds; 100 pieces per pallet). Cubes measure 4 by 4 by 4 inches. They're too small for edging, but they make fine pavers.

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