Top tips for gravel and paving
- Choose your gravel and paving to accent or complement what is already present in the garden, especially the fabric of the house and the local natural stone.
- When using gravel and aggregates wash before use to clear any small sediment. Apply over a weed block fabric to stop perennial weeds taking hold.
- For footpaths and drives use a medium sized gravel that won’t move around too much or get stuck in the tyres, but is still comfortable to walk on.
- If your garden gets a lot of shade you might want to choose a pale coloured gravel or paving that has natural light reflecting qualities to brighten your garden up.
- Don’t let paths and paving become dangerous when wet. Treat with a suitable product designed for removing algae such as Armillatox (01773 590566) or Wet & Forget (0800 999 3309).
- Use cobbles and complementary products to infill awkward shapes and soften the visual edges of paved areas and to define separate areas.
- Try to view the stone or paving before you buy it. Remember it will look completely different when wet.
- Buy an extra 5-10% to allow for breakages and mistakes.
- If you have several packs to use, mix them up to enhance colour blending.
- Dry lay the patio first to make sure you have your dimensions correct and to look at the mix of colours. Start laying from one corner and work outwards.
- Don’t cut corners, or apply spot mortar to the slabs, always prepare properly and lay the paving on a full bed of mortar.
- Create a good solid foundation and check the levels carefully.
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