26 Sep, 2016 12:02
There are many reasons for using gravel in your garden and laying it effectively first time around can reduce maintenance and lower any future costs.
As a surface, decorative chippings can help to reduce flood risk by allowing surface water to drain away quickly. They offer a low maintenance option and certain products can brighten dark and shady areas and with their natural light reflecting qualities.
Gravel can also be used as an excellence security feature for your home as its distinctive crunch alerts you to an approaching visitor.
If you’re using decorative gravel for your driveway then we would suggest using a chipping which is 14mm or larger as smaller chippings can get stuck in tyre treads, will disperse more easily and will have a shorter life span.If the area is going to be walked or driven on regularly, we would recommend using angular chippings as they bed together better and won’t disperse as easily.
Once you’ve decided on the area that you’d like to cover and the design you want to go with, you need to prepare the ground that you’re going to use.
Start by clearing the area of plants and weeds and cover it with weed membrane. We sell two types of membrane and you will need the harder wearing polypropylene one for a driveway. Using membrane creates a barrier, eliminating the need for weeding whilst also helping to keep the gravel clean by separating it from the soil beneath.
For paths any decorative chipping size can be used based on preference but we would however recommend a 10mm or larger grade to stop gravel treading in the house.
When you lay the gravel make sure you distribute it evenly on the ground as you tip it out of the bag or wheel barrow and use a rake or spade to make it level and the right depth.
Decorative aggregates should be laid at a depth of 50mm. This ensures proper coverage without revealing the surface below. Laying the gravel too deep will mean you sink into the surface and it becomes difficult to walk across. For larger grades of aggregates, pebbles or cobbles please speak to a member of our team for advice.
Thoroughly washing the gravel once you’ve laid it will help you achieve the best colour and finish in your garden by rinsing any dust or fines to the bottom of the surface.
As all of our decorative chippings are natural products they may seem a slightly different colour to how you were expecting when they first arrive but washing will help the product to looks its best.
Once you’ve washed the product your gravelled area should be ready to use and enjoy.