If you’re looking for practical and visual ways of improving your garden, then decorative aggregate is a great product that will add to the aesthetic appeal and manageability of your outdoor space.
It comes in many shapes, sizes and colours and includes gravel, shingle, slate and stone.
Whilst there are many options to choose from, some are more suitable for certain hard landscaping applications than others. Here we give just a few ideas on how to use popular decorative aggregates within garden landscaping schemes:
1. To create pathways and driveways
Underfoot or vehicle, most decorative aggregate such as primary granite and shingle chippings will eventually get ‘packed in’ to the ground and can, over time, create a hard-wearing surface for driveways and paths.
Alternatively, you can use a limestone aggregate such as Breedon pathway gravel or Olde English path gravel to create a softer finish. It’s designed to ‘knit’ together to form a solid base before naturally scarifying with use, to leave a fine layer of chippings.
2. To brighten up dark corners
It’s not always possible to grow grass or pretty flowers in every garden space – if it’s shaded or has poor soil, for instance. Using a colourful decorative aggregate like plum slate will work wonders at cheering up that dark corner, by adding depth and colour to your outdoor space with its deep purple hue.
3. As a protective mulching layer
Do your plants dry out too quickly in the summer? Are they strangled by weeds all too often? Decorative aggregate can be added to plant pots and bedding areas as a protective mulching layer. Try adding ornamental bark or Cotswold chipping as an effective way of retaining water and suppressing weeds.
4. As a security measure
The crunching of a vehicle driving over your shingle driveway or the postman walking to your front door over gravel is the perfect announcement for welcome visitors. Yet, it is also an effective deterrent for potential intruders looking for a stealthy way of gaining access to your home.
Costing out your project
If you have plans to use decorative aggregates in your garden, then calculating the amount you need couldn’t be easier: Simply times the width and length of the area with the desired depth to give the cubic feet and then divide by 27. This will give you the cubic yard calculation. Then simply multiply by 1.5 and you’ll then find out the number of tonne bags you’ll need to complete your project.
For any further help or advice in selecting the right decorative aggregate for your gardening or landscaping project, or to check prices and stock, give George Lines a call. We’re here to help.