Your Gravel Guide

Many of us love the green, fresh look of grass, but keeping a lawn healthy can be hard work. Gravel on the other hand requires very little maintenance, and continues to look great years after it’s been laid, because of this many will opt for gravel over grass. If you’re thinking about making the switch, then there are a few things to consider before buying and laying your gravel.

Choose the Right Aggregates for the job

Aggregates have many uses, including concrete mixes, drainage, landscaping, filling and more. Each aggregate formulation is made up differently so that it is fit for purpose. Aggregates for concrete making and landscaping tend to be a course mixture of gravel and sand, whilst decorative aggregates come in all shapes and sizes.

Keep it Practical

It’s important to consider the placement of your gravel. If you’re using gravel to create a pathway in your garden, you’ll need a formula that remains stable under foot. In other words, you’ll need a small sized gravel. The larger the gravel, the less stable of a surface it becomes, making trips and falls much more likely.

Lay the Correct Thickness

You don’t want bald spots in your gravel, but at the same time you don’t want an application that’s too thick. To get just the right amount of gravel, you need to take two things into consideration: the size of the gravel and the size of the area it is going to be placed. Small stone gravel will lay flatter than a larger stone variety, giving more opportunity for bald spots. So if you want gravel that’s purely for decorative purposes, you may get more value for money by choosing one with large stones and pebbles. For high traffic areas such as driveways and paths, you’ll need a thicker layer as the gravel will undergo more stress. To find out how much gravel you’ll need for your project, contact us and a member of our team will be happy to advise you.