Aggregates are not just a pretty face. With the recent changeable weather, they can be a huge help in your garden, dealing with issues such as excess water by improving drainage, as well as aiding your garden to deal with drought. This surprisingly versatile material can be a fun, and easily-maintained alternative to simple beds or paving. Read on to find out how you can use aggregates in your garden...
- Drainage – aggregates are often used to help with drainage within both construction and landscaping as their size and shape allows water to run through into the ground and prevent the water pooling on the surface, therefore reducing the risk of flooding. Using aggregates such as gravel and stone with a larger shape and surface with their solid, water-resistant features will mean the water will drain away faster. We’d recommend the classic and attractive Cotswold gravel for a clean decorative effect.
- Drought Tolerance – if you’re struggling with poor soils and uncertain weather then a rockery, alpine or gravel garden could be the solution. This option is low maintenance and a beautiful feature for any garden – particularly sloping gardens. Explore our range of decorative aggregates here.
- Weed Control – aggregates are fantastic if you are not a fan of weeding. Make sure you prepare the area first with a membrane to add a barrier that prevents weeds from getting through. We recommend a strong membrane such as our stabilising membrane. Cut holes for plants allowing plenty of room for growth.
- Filling Gaps – uncertain what to put around the edge of your patio? Pebbles and stones can give an attractive, not to mention tidy, finish to any area.
- Creating paths – want an easy way to walk between raised beds or create a clear and attractive route through your garden? Use a decorative aggregate laid on a suitable base, such as our stabilising membrane, to create a beautiful and practical pathway. It’s a good idea to use a self-binding path gravel so the gravel can form a harder surface making it easier to walk on.
- Driveway surfaces – an attractive and affordable way to cover driveways. Remember to choose a smaller, angular stone as they are less likely to roll and create a firmer, tighter fit when walked or driven on.
- Creating a Pond – aggregates are a brilliant way to help wildlife reach your pond, with the bonus of looking great, creating a softer edge and beach or riverside feel. Remember to wash the stones before adding them.