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25 November 2013

All You Need to Know About Cobbles

Cobbled streets and pavements have been a part of British life for as long as any of us can remember, but how did this come to be so, and why were they so popular? Here at Aggregate Shop we explain to you the origins of the cobblestone and how they came to be used throughout the UK in such a short space of time.

 

What Are Cobbles?

The term cobblestone is derived from the English word ‘cob’ which implies a small object that is hard and round; this term is believed to have been used as early as the 15th century to describe stones, bread and much more.

 

The cobblestones that are seen today are not as favourable as they used to be and have been replaced throughout the majority of the UK with tarmac and asphalt roads. Although some of the most famous cobbled streets still remain, one example of this is the cobbled streets of the popular British soap, Coronation Street.

 

 

What Was Their Purpose?

Cobbles were used throughout the UK to create streets, roads and pavements. The cobblestones were used due to their stable, sturdy and incredibly hard wearing nature, although it was not the English that discovered this use for cobblestones.

 

It was the Romans that first began to use cobblestones to pave their streets and roads; they would often send their men and various workers to wade into very cold streams and the edges of rivers to find the roundest and sturdiest pebbles to create more roads throughout the country.

 

The word cobble was later used for any stone that was between 2.5 and 10 inches across, but the stones were not measured. All of the stones were evaluated by eye alone and the roads were not measured either; the roads were put to together like very long and time consuming jigsaw puzzles by hundreds of different people over the span of many years.

 

 

Significant Changes Caused by Cobbled Roads

Cobblestone paths and roads were created long before anybody had thought to invent health and safety regulations, but the use of cobbles did make a significant change to the daily lives of those that were able to sue them.

 

Before cobble stone roads were made there were only muddy paths that were used as roads. The longer that these paths were used for the more treacherous they became as the dirt began to wear away creating potholes that posed a danger to both the people and the horses using the roads.

 

It was the duty of the government and the landowners to pay bills and taxes to repair these roads which would make them safer to use, but the majority of the time they could not afford to. When the roads became too difficult to use trade would stop completely which would leave people without supplies that they desperately needed.

 

By paving the roads with cobblestones it made them much safer and repairs did not have to be made as frequently which meant that trade also increased significantly.

 

Another issue that was partially resolved through the use of cobblestone roads is traffic accidents. Often a horse and carriage or a vehicle could hit a person before they knew what was happening as they did not hear the approach of the horse or vehicle. Cobblestone paths and roads made it so that you could hear anything approaching from an increased distance which decreased the amount of deaths that were caused through road accidents.

 

It’s unfortunate that cobblestone roads have lost favour in the eyes of society but I believe that they will always remain a part of the UK. For more information on installing a cobble path within your garden or as part of your driveway you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 12:15
22 November 2013

Common Problems Caused by Insufficient Sand and Salt

Looking after your garden is not an easy task, there are many different aspects of your garden area that can pose problems with no obvious solutions. How do you know what is causing these problems and how can you solve them? Here’s a guide to the main problems that are posed by not enough sand or salt within your garden and how you can pick up on the issues before the damage becomes irreversible.

 

Insufficient Sand – The Consequences

There are many problems caused by insufficient sand within your soil, here are some of the main problems that can arise and how you can deal with the problem as it occurs.

 

The first issue that you may encounter is soil compaction. The soil within your garden can become compacted during wet weather as you walk across the soil the particles are forced closer together and the air between the particles escapes. If your soil becomes too compacted the amount of water that is able to drain away is drastically decreased; due to this there will be a build-up of excess water which can lead to the rotting of the roots of your plants.

 

The second issue that can arise when the soil begins to compact is that the roots of your plant cannot spread any further which means they will not have access to the nutrients that they need. If the plants within your garden do not have access to the nutrients that they require they can begin to starve and are very susceptible to disease and attack from pests.

 

The Solution

The easiest way for you to fix this problem it to mix fine sand particles within the soil of your garden; on the other hand you must ensure that you do not use too much sand. If you mix too much sand into your soil the drainage can be increased significantly, but this is not a good thing. If the drainage within the soil is increased too much your plants may not have access to the water as it will drain through the soil too quickly.

 

Insufficient Salt – The Consequences

Insufficient amounts of salt within the soil of your garden can pose just as much of a risk as if there is not enough sand.

 

The plants and flowers within your garden require a small amount of salt to perform basic biological functions such as photosynthesis and respiration. If your plants do not receive this salt they can quickly begin to starve and die, so it’s essential that you make sure there is enough salt in your soil Although as with the sand, there are also problems caused by too much salt in your soil – if the percentage of salt is too high it can cause the diffusion of water to work against the plants rather than with them.

 

Some of the most common garden pests that will attack the vegetation and foliage within your garden are slugs and snails. By placing salt within the soil of your garden you can discourage slugs and snails; although this method isn’t friendly towards the slugs and snails it’s a lot safer than leaving pellets lying around your garden as these can make dogs and cats very ill.

 

There are many other reasons as to why you should use sand and salt within your garden. For more information on the uses of these products or any other aggregates feel free to get in touch with us as Aggregate Shop – we’d be happy to hear from you.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 11:21
20 November 2013

Using Aggregates in Hydroponics

Cultivating plants through hydroponics is an incredibly simple process that is based around hydroculture which involves removing plants from soil and placing them in a nutrient solution where their roots will absorb the nutrients within the water. However, these plants do not always have to be removed from soil before they can be grown hydroponically, some plants can be grown directly from seeds within this nutrient solution.

 

 

History

Hydroponics is not a very new idea as it was first investigated in 1627 by Francis Bacon, although his research on the topic was not discovered and published until after his death. In 1699 John Woodward attempted to explore hydroponics further but he did not have the resources to continue with his work.

 

A number of experiments were conducted concerning growing plants within water and without the aid of soil but there was limited success up until it was discovered by the German botanists Julius von Sachs and Wilhelm Knop. It was within the years of 1859-65 that the pair of botanists managed to develop a stable technique of soilless cultivation.

 

How Does it Work?

The idea is that you can grow a plant in water that is not clean, but they thrive when placed in water that is filled with a nutrient solution. The water has to be kept at an optimum pH with no pollutants and the plant must also have access to carbon dioxide and oxygen so that it may photosynthesise.

 

When placed in the nutrient water an adult plant will begin to take in the nutrients almost straight away through osmosis within its roots; a seedling will first use up its own store of energy before producing basic roots that will continue to absorb the nutrients.

 

Aggregates and Hydroponics

The use of aggregates within hydroponics was not thought of until sometime later as it was believed that the plants did not soil so they did not need a base either. However the majority of plants seek to obtain a very specific pH and temperature so that they can grow within their optimum conditions. It was due to this need for an optimum temperature that scientists and gardeners alike began to experiment with the use of aggregates in hydroponics.

 

The idea of the aggregates is that they stabilise the temperature of the water greatly as they absorb heat which prevents the nutrient water from becoming too hot, this in turn prevents the enzymes from denaturing within the plant which would cause it to die.

 

As well as preventing the nutrient water from becoming too warm the aggregates, usually rocks or sand, can also issue out the heat that it absorbed when the water becomes too cool. This is one of the main ways in which aggregates can aid in the process of cultivating plants through hydroponics.

 

There are a variety of other ways in which aggregates can aid in plant growth of plants. For more information on aggregates and how you can utilise them to their full potential you can get in touch with us at Aggregate Shop. We’d be more than happy to help.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 17:16
8 November 2013

The Risks of a Garden without Rock

Through our previous articles we’ve discussed why the use of aggregates within your garden is important and how you can utilise them to create the best garden possible; but we haven’t explained the disadvantages of a garden that does not use aggregates. There are plenty of advantages to using a variety of rocks within your garden – but here’s what would happen if you did not include these aggregates or did not use enough of them throughout your garden and home.

 

Maintenance

If you do not use aggregates within your garden it’s likely that you will instead have a large amount of uncovered soil or lawn with flowering borders. This variety of foliage will need maintaining; which means that you will have to spend a portion of your time each month tidying up your garden and ensuring that you take care of the waste. You are also likely to increase your electricity bills by mowing the lawn or trimming flowering hedges and bushes within your garden.

 

Drainage

If you do not use sand or fine gravel within your soil you could find that in wet weather your soil begins to compact and the drainage becomes very poor. If the drainage within your soil is reduced too greatly your lawn can become unhealthy and if the drainage doesn’t improve your soil can begin to die.

 

Cleaning

Without aggregates in your garden your soil can begin to die – once your lawn is dead you will be left with compacted soil that turns into mud during wet weather conditions. This mud can be trodden in to your house on a regular basis; theoretically you will have to spend an increased amount of time maintaining your garden and maintaining your home.

 

Wildlife

Wildlife can come in a variety of forms, not all of them are large enough for you to notice, but they can be incredibly useful. If you do not have any aggregates there are specific types of wildlife that you will not be able to lure into your garden. If you’re not attracting a wide variety of wildlife to your garden you could find that your garden is less interesting and also less attractive.

 

Quality

If there aren’t any aggregates within your garden you are effectively reducing the quality of peace that you are obtaining from your garden. Using aggregates throughout your garden as part of a design or pattern can improve the appearance of your garden which in turn can enhance your mood. An enhanced mood can reduce the effects of insomnia, stress and anxiety – by avoiding the use of aggregates within your garden you could potentially cause your health to deteriorate.

 

So if you avoid the use of aggregates within your garden you’re likely to spend more time cleaning or maintaining your garden and less time relaxing in the quiet of your home. For more information on aggregates or for the finest quality aggregates and services you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 10:35
4 November 2013

3 Types of Aggregate that will Rock your Garden

Aggregates are one of the best materials that you can sue throughout your garden; buy utilising aggregates you can cut your water, gardening and electricity bills. Using aggregates in your garden makes it much simpler for you to maintain your outdoor area, but how do you know which type of aggregate is right for your garden?

There are a variety of aggregates that you could use within your garden, but here are our top three from Aggregate Shop.

 

#3 – Crushed Granite Gravel

Crushed granite gravel is not as fine as decomposed granite and has less of a granular texture; crushed granite gravel is made up of larger particles than decomposed granite and has a slightly rougher texture too.

 

This type of aggregate is ideal for walkways, paths and for creating designs within your garden as it gives a polished and contemporary look to your garden. On the other hand if you live in a rural area it can be difficult to get a hold of a large amount of crushed granite gravel and if you do obtain some it can cost up to twice the price of standard decomposed granite.

 

Crushed granite gravel does not require a great deal of maintenance and is very resistant to the majority of weather conditions. It’s suggested that you replace or add to your crushed granite gravel once every few years when weather conditions are dry.

 

#2 – Paddle Stones

Paddle stones are quite large stones when compared to various types of gravel that can be used within the garden. Paddle stones are often made of slate and come in an assortment of colours, including purple, grey and several shades of blue.

 

Paddle stones are perfect for creating rockeries and for surrounding water features such as fountains as their shape and their colour compliments the way the water falls from the feature. Paddle stones are also an excellent way of preventing weeds from growing within your garden as it is difficult for weeds to grow on these slate stones and the weeds cannot access the soil beneath the slate.

 

#1 – Pea Gravel

Pea gravel is made up of very small rounded stones, which as the name suggests, are approximately the size of a pea. Pea gravel can come in a variety of colours but the majority of pea gravel can range from colours such as tan, white, grey and brown.

 

Pea gravel is often inexpensive and is also readily available. A bag of pea gravel can cost as little as £2.50 if you exclude delivery or shipping prices. Pea gravel is ideal for patios and pathways within your garden but keep in mind that anything with wheels is likely to become stuck in the pea gravel as the wheels can sink.

 

There is one thing that you should keep in mind when using pea gravel within your garden is that you still need to weed on a regular basis so that maintenance does not become a vast and time consuming task.

 

There are a variety of other aggregates that you can use within your garden, bur whichever one you select, remember that it’s often cheaper to buy in bulk than it is to purchase small and precise amounts of aggregates. For more information on calculating the mass of aggregates that is appropriate for your garden or for professional aggregate advice you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 10:57
30 October 2013

How Aspects of the Economy Effect Aggregate Demand

There are a wide variety of economic issues that have a positive effect upon the demand and supply of aggregates. This increase in demand inevitably provides smaller businesses with the increase in their income that they need in order to weather the recession and avoid declaring bankruptcy. Here are just a few of the economic situations that affect the trade and distribution of aggregates.

 

A Decrease in Interest Rates

Low interest rates are extremely useful when it comes to the profit that small businesses make through trading with larger businesses or consumers. When interest rates are at a low consumers and larger companies tend to trade more and buy goods in much larger quantities as it costs considerably less for them to borrow money and it also costs significantly less for the businesses to purchase and stock aggregates.

 

Tax Reductions

If you reduce the amount of tax that the population has to pay they will have an increase in the amount of money available to them as a result. If the population is spending a larger amount of money there will also be an increase in the average amount of money that is spent on aggregates – this means that a reduction in taxes would lead to a direct improvement in the amount of many that is spent on aggregates.

 

Government Involvement & Spending

If the government decide that they are able to spend a larger portion of their budget on raw materials and construction there is going to be a larger demand on companies to provide aggregates. This decision usually occurs when the state of the economy is beginning to improve so the government have a larger supply of financial resources which they can spend in the private sector.

 

International Investments

If there is a development in the amount of foreign investments that have been put into a company or there is a rise in the aggregate demand from overseas there is going to be a surge in the prices of aggregates. This is a direct result of the demand that has been placed upon the raw materials. The increase in the demand of aggregates from abroad is unlikely to end abruptly and so the aggregates become more valuable meaning that small businesses will charge more money to supply others which enables them to turn over a small profit.

 

Aside from the economy there are many other factors that can affect the general demand that is placed upon raw materials and companies that sell aggregates. However, we have recently seen a decrease in the amount of companies that sell decorative aggregates. This is largely due to the fact that the majority of construction businesses do not provide their customers with the finest quality aggregates, and so the aggregates that they do supply are not suitable for use within the home or garden.

 

For the finest quality products and expert advice you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop – we’d be happy to help you with any enquiries that you may have.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 15:52
18 October 2013

Tips for Maintaining your Garden in Autumn

Winter is almost upon us, which means that there are a multitude of tasks to be completed in order to ensure that your garden is protected before the temperature falls low enough to cause a frost. If these tasks aren’t completed in time you could find that your plants and flowers are damaged throughout the winter or that your garden isn’t as safe to work in as it is during the rest of the year.

 

Supporting your Plants

One of the most important tasks for you to complete during the autumn months is to mulch the surface of your flowerbeds. By mulching your flowerbeds you can insulate the roots of your plants and protect them against the effects of frost.

 

There are a number of materials that you can use as mulch, including grit, gravel, straw, leaves and compost. Although straw, leaves and compost will provide your soil with nutrients as well as protecting them from the cold nights, these mulches will eventually decay or wash away from the rain, leaving your flowerbeds exposed once more.

 

To prevent your flowerbeds from becoming exposed to the weather you should mulch your garden using a variety of aggregates. These aggregates can include gravel, paddle stones, grit and even cobbles. If you are considering the use of cobbles you should be aware that the weight of the stones can sometimes compact the soil and impair drainage.

 

Safety in Salt

Working in your garden during the winter can be potentially hazardous due to the chances of slipping or walling whilst navigating the grounds. This hazard is caused by frost and ice as it begins to spread throughout your garden and can only be prevented or controlled through the use of rock salt.

 

By covering the ground with a layer of rock salt and grit you can reduce the point at which the water freezes and also provide stability. The grit that you lay across the ground improves manoeuvrability as it causes an increase in friction between the ice and the soles of your feet which in turn means that you will have a better grip whilst walking across any ice that forms despite the layer of salt. 

 

Enhanced Drainage

When the snow has fallen and the thaw begins your soil can become bogged down by the sheer amount of melt water. It’s because of this excess water that you should attempt to improve the drainage within your garden during the autumn months. Although it’s unlikely that the excess water will cause significant amounts of damage to your garden, it’s still best that you do not take the risk.

 

To enhance the drainage within your garden you can mix specific aggregates into the soil to add more space between the soil particles, allowing the water to drain quickly. The most common aggregates to be mixed into the soil are sand and grit as they are incredibly fine particles and won’t discourage or impair root growth.

 

Remember to provide your garden with the nutrients that it requires as during the autumn and winter months there is less sunlight; this means that your plants will not be able to photosynthesise for a large portion of the day. For more information on utilising aggregates within your home or garden you can contact us here at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 15:32
4 October 2013

3 Tips to Maintaining and Improving your Garden

Obtaining perfection within your garden is an almost impossible task as the environment is continuously changing and any perfection that you do achieve is fleeting due to its dependence upon the seasons. This is one of the reasons as to why we tend to our gardens on a regular basis; however there are several tips and tricks that you can utilise in order to reduce the amount of maintenance that your garden requires.

 

Planning Before Planting

To ensure that you plant your seeds in the right shape such as rows or circles and to guarantee that you can tell the difference between the weeds and your crops, you can use sand to mark out the lines that you will sow your seeds along. Due to the fact that sand is an incredibly light aggregate it won’t damage or compact your soil and will also wash away with the rain once you have sown your seeds.

 

Seeds – Filling Spaces

If there are open areas within your garden that have not been protected through the use of plants or aggregates as mulch you should consider sowing seeds, planting flowers or utilising mulch as unprotected soil can be extremely vulnerable to becoming infested with weeds.

 

If you feel that your garden is brimming with enough colour and foliage you can fill these empty spaces with decorative aggregates such as gravel and slate chippings. Alternatively, you could cover these spaces with a practical material such as wood chippings as the wood chippings will eventually break down and provide your soil with fertiliser.

 

 

Discouraging Garden Pests

Each time you plant a new vegetable, fruit or leafy plant within your garden slugs and snails will make an attempt to attack them. To discourage these pests from damaging your plants you can protect the plants by sprinkling a mixture of caffeine and rock salt around the recent additions to your garden. However, if you do not wish to completely prevent the slugs and snails, only deter them, you can replace the salt with sand or grit.

 

The caffeine works by causing the slugs and snails to produce an excessive amount of slime; this means that the slugs and snails will dry out rapidly and will not be able to advance and raid your plants. The salt affects the slugs and snails in almost the same way as the caffeine, except that slugs and snails react violently when they come into contact with salt.

 

There are many other ways in which you can improve your garden and the way that you maintain it, but the best way for you to acquire this information is through experience. You can gain this experience by experimenting with the style and layout of your garden or by taking the time to understand how your garden works and how you can make it more efficient.

 

For more information on utilising aggregates throughout your garden you can enquire at your local garden centre; for expert advice and professional customer care you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 12:42
24 September 2013

Patios and Paved Areas - Using Aggregates in your Garden

Creating the perfect garden has never been simpler than when using aggregates – aggregates have a variety of different uses, some of the best uses are throughout the garden. Although there are a lot of things that could become potential disasters if you haven’t a clear idea of what it is that you want from your garden; or what you want your garden to look like.

 

Creating a Garden Path

The majority of aggregates are incredibly stable substances; this makes them perfect for the creation or development of a patio or paved area. However, there a few things that you should take into consideration when creating a garden path, for instance the material that you will use to create the path, the colour scheme of your garden and the effect that you aim to achieve by creating the path.

 

For a warmer, welcoming garden you should purchase, white, beige, sandstone or light browns hues; the texture also depends upon the affect that you’re trying to achieve. For a warm, serene garden filled with water features, ponds or fountains the perfect aggregate would be pebbles, grit or chippings as each of these is suited to a water feature garden.

 

For a garden that does not include water features or a pond the best material for you to use as a path is gravel; gravel is an aggregate that is particularly resistant to wear. This makes it an ideal material to be used within a garden path.

 

Creating a Patio Area

When attempting to create the perfect patio area it’s essential that you select an aggregate that is hardy, stylish but also provides you with the stability that a patio area needs. It’s because of these essential traits that you should aim to use slabs or tiles to create your patio area – by utilising slabs and tiles your patio should remain stable and level, which means that you will be able to use it as an outdoor living space that is suitable for barbeques and socialising.

 

The type of slab to use for a patio area is those of a darker hue such as a deep purple, grey or black; these colours will give your garden a contemporary, modern feel without you having to go to the effort of purchasing ornaments or displays.

When you are making your patio area you must remember to include a layer of hardcore beneath the surface of your patio – this is prevent the slabs from cracking or becoming damaged due to small shifts in pressure or a change in the temperature.

 

The layout or design of your paved area if up to you; but it’s recommended that you practice the pattern that you want to use before you attempt it with the mortar or in place – if you do not practice your pattern and go ahead with the mortar you could find yourself in quite a mess and could end up wasting money.

 

For expert advice on utilising aggregates within your garden you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop – we’d be more than happy to help you with your queries.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 11:20
18 September 2013

The Significance of Mulch

Mulching the flower beds and borders of your garden may not seem like one of the most important aspects of gardening; but by mulching your garden you can reduce the amount of maintenance that your garden requires by up to 25%. For those of you who haven’t already grasped the importance of utilising mulch throughout your garden – here are some of the significant benefits that it can provide.

 

 

 

Using Mulch as a Fertiliser

Using organic materials as mulch not only protects your flower beds and borders but also provides your garden with a fertiliser, as once the organic materials break down they can be absorbed by your plants, flowers and lawn.

 

 Different types of organic mulch include grass clippings, straw, wood chippings and leaves; it’s best to collect these organic materials after you have been gardening so that you won’t have to spend money purchasing straw to cover your flower beds and borders.

 

 

Regulating Soil Temperature

Placing a layer of mulch over the top of your flower beds and borders can prevent the sun from drying out the soil but can also insulate the soil during the winter months. This means that the roots of your plants will be safer from the frost than they would if you had not utilised the mulch.

 

The best type of mulch for you to use in order to regulate the temperatures of your flower beds is aggregate based mulch; this includes gravel, pebbles, slate chipping and more.  This particular type of mulch should be spread in a layer that is approximately an inch deep – this is to allow enough air to penetrate the soil.

 

Weed Prevention

Mulch doesn’t just regulate soil temperature and fertilise the soil; mulch is also capable of preventing weeds from growing. This is one of the ways in which mulch can reduce the maintenance requirements of your garden; as you won’t have to spend as much time removing weeds from your flower beds.

 

The mulch works to hinder the growth of weeds by preventing them from gaining access to the soil, which in turn means that the mulch is preventing them from accessing the nutrients that they need to grow.

 

Soil Compaction

If the mulch that you are using is nonorganic mulch you can effectively prevent soil compaction; this is where the soil begins to condense due to pressure exerted upon it. When the soil condenses and becomes compact it makes it incredibly difficult for water or air to seep through the ground, it also increases the resistance that the roots have to work their way through in order to grow. By adding a layer of nonorganic mulch that is approximately 1 – 2 inches thick you can reduce the rate of compression and in turn reduce the damage that is being done to the roots of your plants and flowers.

 

There are numerous other reasons as to why mulch is an effective tool within your garden; for more information on aggregates and other substances that can be used within your garden you can get in touch with us at Aggregate Shop for professional advice.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 10:07
10 September 2013

Effects of Aggregates on Gardening

Utilising aggregates throughout a garden is by no means a new thing; but as our farming and gardening techniques develop, so does our understanding of the effectiveness of aggregates and their use throughout the home. Aggregates can be used in a variety of ways, each of them as beneficial for your garden as they will be for you.

 

Utilising Aggregates as Mulch

Aggregates such as pebbles, gravel and wood chippings can be lay across the top of your flower beds or open areas of soil to prevent weeds from growing; mulch can also help you to protect the roots of your plants and flowers against extreme changes in temperature.

 

If your soil is covered in a layer of mulch it will deflect some of the sun’s rays which will keep the soil cool. On the other hand the mulch will also insulate the soil below it and prevent frost from causing too much damage to the roots of your plants.

In turn this means that the plants and soil around your garden will require much less maintenance than if you hadn’t utilised the mulch.

 

 

Creating Paths – Replacing Paving

Slabs and slate can be very useful when crafting a pathway or a patio; however this particular material can also be quite expensive. Pebbles, cobbles and gravel can all be used as an alternative to concrete slabs and are also much easier to.

 

So long as the layer of aggregate is approximately an inch deep with a sub-base and an even gradient it should create the perfect path throughout your garden. Although to create the appearance of a larger garden you could create two identical paths (same colour, texture, height and width) around the edge of your garden. This creates the illusion of a larger area as the garden is not split into two small sections, but is instead left as one large area.

 

 

Stability Through Aggregates

If you live in a region that experiences a lot of rain at regular intervals throughout the year or extended periods of heavy rain annually, it may be time that you considered the use of aggregates throughout your soil. Heavy rainfall can cause degradation – this is where the soil begins to erode and flows away with the rain water.

 

By mixing aggregates throughout your soil you will be able to improve the drainage and strengthen the soil; as a result of this less soil will be eroded by the rain and your plants and lawn won’t be affected by the volume of water that it is confronted with.

 

Decorative Aggregates

One of the most favourable decorative aggregates is plum slate; this is due to its many uses throughout the garden and because of its natural, warm hue. Plum slate is ideal for use around a pond, water feature or fountain as the surface of the stone appears to sparkle when it comes into contact with water on sunny days.

 

Slate is also particularly slip resistant; which also makes it perfect for use around a pond or water feature. Slate comes in an assortment of different colours and sizes, and so you can select a colour to suit the appearance of atmosphere of your garden.

 

For more information on constructive or decorative aggregates you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop; we provide expert services and advice.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 12:14
9 September 2013

3 Ways to Create an Inspiring Aggregate Garden

Redesigning your garden can be a lengthy task, especially if you’re unsure where to start or how exactly you should finish. It can also become difficult to see the bigger picture whilst you are decorating your garden and to know where exactly is you want to go with your redesign. It’s due to this issue that Aggregate shop have decided to provide you with some of the best and most inspiring aggregate designs and tips on how to achieve them.

 

#3 – Keeping it Simple: Paving and Patios

One of the cheapest and simplest ways for you to create an aggregate garden is to pave a small area or create your very own patio. By using aggregates in just a small area of your garden you can retain its natural beauty and you won’t have to spend a great deal of money redecorating your garden.

 

When creating your patio or paved area, sandstone or pale washed out colours are best; slabs can be in any shape or size so long as they create a symmetrical pattern and fit together effectively. Once you’ve created your area using aggregates you can decorate it using flowers or plants in stone pots – you could even plant them in a decorative basin.

 

#2 – Pathways and Arches

Using aggregates such as gravel or wood chippings in order to create your garden path can be incredibly cost effective and means that you do not have to worry about cleaning your garden slabs or removing weeds as you won’t have a lawn.

 

Garden arches create a sense of mystery and give your garden a subtle hint of secrecy; walking through an arch can make you feel like you’re being transported to a different time and place, depending upon the style of your garden and the ornaments within it. Arches are best suited to sandstone or cream colour schemes although they can be used in gardens that contain deep purples and grey hues too.

 

 

#1 – Decorations and Features

The last step in creating the ideal aggregate garden is by adding decorations and features to improve the appearance of your garden.

One of the best ways to use your aggregates as a feature is to place it over your flower beds; by placing gravel, slate or wood chippings over your flower beds you will prevent weeds from growing thus improving the overall appearance of your garden and reducing the amount of maintenance that it requires.

 

There are also a number of features that you can add to your garden that are made of various types of stone. One example is bird baths; bird baths can bring colour and life to your garden as they attract wild life, but they also provide a focal point for your garden during the colder months when the majority of wildlife is hibernating or has migrated.

 

There are many other methods of decorating your garden through the use of aggregates; creating a plan or sketch before you begin work on your garden is an ideal method of keeping your goal in sight. Ensure that all plans are realistic and achievable as attempting to do too much can drain your budget greatly. For more information on aggregates and using them throughout your garden or home get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 09:59
25 August 2013

The Aggregate Garden - Advantages of Using Aggregates

There are many reasons as to why using aggregates throughout your garden is a wise choice; however, not all of these relate to your garden directly – choosing aggregates over other materials such as grass or wood can sustain local businesses and aid in the expansion and development of these businesses too. Here are some of the advantages to purchasing aggregates over the usual materials such as grass and wood chippings.

 

Environmental Benefits

By designing a garden that contains mostly aggregates such as gravel, slate chipping and slabs you will produce far less garden waste than that of your neighbours who will have to mow their lawn continuously and trim their hedges or shrubs.

 

It will also save you a lot of time and energy, as you will not need to use an electric strimmer or a petrol lawn mower; these are ways in which you will be saving valuable resources by utilising aggregates within your garden.

 

Using a small amount of gravel or pebbles within your soil will improve the drainage – in turn this will help your plants resist disease and various types of fungi; however, ensure that you do not use too much gravel as if the soil drains too well you could find that your plants do not have access to an adequate amount of water.

 

 

Economic Advantages

If you use aggregates throughout your garden you can cut your energy bills as you will not be using water to hydrate your lawn as you won’t have one; you won’t be using a large amount of electricity either as you will not have a need for power tools to maintain your outdoor area.

 

Purchasing aggregates also keeps companies in business and allows them to create more jobs that sustain the local community; by supporting these companies you’re also supporting your community and encouraging the growth of the economy.

 

Convenience and Comfort

There are also a great deal of personal reasons as to why you should utilise aggregates within your garden; aggregates can be used to create a very unique and homely style. Cobbles possess a rustic charm that can make your outdoor area feel less like a garden and more like a second room, cobbles also retain and reflect heat better than a lawn does, which makes your garden feel warmer during the warmer months.

 

Using gravel, slate or rockery with water features and other ornaments creates an individual focal point that you can centre the rest of your garden around, although you don’t have to have just one pint of interest within your garden.

 

Lastly, using aggregates is incredibly convenient as it means that you do not have to spend a lot of money on a landscaping project or a complete redesign of your garden; this money can then be used to buy garden furniture or ornaments to complement the style that you have worked to create.

 

For more information on using aggregates within your garden as part of construction or decoration you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop, we’d be happy to provide you with expert advice and assistance.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 10:30
21 August 2013

Creating A Contemporary Garden

There are plenty of ways in which you can update the style of your garden and make it modern; but how do you go about it? Decorative aggregates and various other construction materials can work wonders if you know how to use them properly, and with a little inspiration and a lot of time, you should be able to work a little miracle of your own. Here are some of the best ways in which you can work towards creating your very own contemporary garden.

 

Current Style and Cobble Paths

One of the best ways for you to create a big impression is through the use of a cobble path – when laid properly they can be incredibly beautiful and if you’re using a pale, washed out colour scheme they look very stylish too.

 

To create this modern path you will need a large amount of white, cream, beige or sandstone cobbles and even more precision – the most effective pattern for you to replicate is the diamond pattern. The diamond pattern is similar to the mosaic in its attraction, but is far less complex.

 

Utilising Gravel in your Garden

By replacing the majority of your grass with durable gravel you will be creating a low maintenance garden that can be used throughout the seasons – weather dos not affect gravel nearly as much as it would grass. Gravel will improve the drainage within your garden too, which means that you will not encounter as much mud after long periods of heavy rain.

 

However, designing your garden in a current style isn’t as simple as putting down a little gravel; there should be a technique to it.

One of the most effective ways to use gravel, and to get the most out of it is to line the edges of your garden path with white or grey gravel – try to use as few colours as possible to create a minimalistic effect.

 

Bricks can also be placed in patterns such as spirals, circles and diamonds; the gravel is then used to fill in the spaces between and around the patterns that you have put down.

 

Slate Chippings – Flower Bed Solutions

It’s suggested that you keep flowers within your garden to retain the comforting, peaceful atmosphere that every garden should have; however the flowerbeds should line the edges of your garden and slate chippings should cover the topsoil.

 

By using slate chippings you are preventing weeds from growing within the soil, but you’re also simplifying the look of your garden; stone, chrome and glass are ideal textures for a contemporary garden.

 

Paddle stones are often used as an alternative to slate chipping, but they can prevent water from reaching your plants and flowers – this is one of the reasons as to why slate chippings are more appropriate for the majority of flowerbeds.

 

 

Furnishing your Garden – Decorations and More

Your garden simply isn’t complete without a few ornaments and some fashionable furniture – the best materials for the garden that you are trying to create would be glass for tables, stone for ornaments and chrome for other types of furniture – don’t forget that black and white colours are essential due to their ability to complement other materials and colours.

 

For more information on decorative aggregates and using them to design or refine your garden you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop, we’d be more than happy to help.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 11:37
17 August 2013

Tips and Tricks When Laying Cobbles

Laying concrete slabs and other types of pavement is a very tricky business; but what about when you are trying to lay cobbles? Concrete slabs are often put down in very regular, square patterns – this is nothing like cobbles which are generally strewn about with concrete in between; but there’s still a technique that you should follow when attempting to lay this type of path.

 

Determine the Use of your Cobbles

Before you can begin to lay down the cobbles, you must consider what it is that you will be using them for. If your cobbles are going to undergo heavy usage such as vehicles passing over them, or whether they will only be used lightly such as within a path, pavement or patio area.

 

If your cobbles are going to be used as part of a drive you need to use a bedding layer, a base layer and also a sub-grade; this is different to the creation of a path or patio as you would only need the bedding and sub-grade beneath your cobbles.

 

Patterns and Arrangement

There are three main types of arrangement that you can use when you are laying cobbles, each of these is satiable for different styles of garden and areas; the best pattern to use when paving a drive is the rough, parallel laid pattern.

 

Laying your cobbles in this style will make them stronger and more resistant to the weight of a vehicle as they will be laid on the side rather than flat, it’s also one of the best patterns that you can use for grip as the cobbles are so close together the overall surface areas is larger.

 

One of the most common patterns that is used throughout gardens in the UK and beyond is the random laid pattern, this combines cobbles of varying shades and lays them in a variety of ways, some on the sides, some flat and others at angles.

This type of paving lends a great deal of grip during times of cold weather where frost and ice are abundant, however it doesn’t always look appropriate; if your garden is of a modern or contemporary style, this may not be the pattern for you.

 

Coursed cobbles can be tricky to achieve, as they have to be in near perfect lines for the pattern to work; but it can be done if you take care whilst creating it. Coursed cobbles are ideal for almost any type of garden and look quite natural as moss and other debris begin to build up between the cobbles – it’s also a great method of incorporating drainage into your patio or path.

 

Decorative Cobbles

Cobbles can be bought in many different colours and shades, due to this they can be used to create mosaics and pictures; the diamond pattern in a white or sandstone colour can enhance a modern garden and will also add value to your house.

 

Mosaics are much more difficult to complete and take a large amount of time, care and precision; it’s essential that when you are attempting a mosaic through the use of cobbles you first draw out your pattern and practice laying the cobbles without the concrete before you begin the actual process of laying them.

 

There are any other ways in which you can bring about the use of cobbles within your garden, for instance water features and ornaments nestles amongst cobbles look very sharp and sophisticated.

 

For more information on cobbles, and other decorative aggregates you can enquire at your local garden centre or alternatively, get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop, we’d be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 13:17
13 August 2013

How to Use Grit Outside of your Pond

Grit doesn’t have to be reserved just for the pond within your garden, there are various other features of your outdoor area that would benefit from the addition of grit or gravel. Aspects such as the soil and flowerbeds in your garden can be improved through the use of grit without you having to put in a large amount of effort.

 

Water Drainage and Grit

The use of grit within your soil and flowerbeds can improve the texture of the soil and the way in which the water drains through the soil. As the water begins to drain better the chances of your plants developing diseases related to moisture and various types of fungi are decreased greatly; this will make your garden look healthier and saves you the job of caring for sickened plants.

 

If you improve the drainage within your soil through the use of grit you garden will also become less muddy after large amounts of rainfall, this means that less mess will be created if you have to walk across your lawn or flowerbeds after long periods of rain or general damp weather.

 

A herb garden or a garden that includes a large number of Mediterranean plants will especially benefit from soil that drains well as they grow efficiently in much drier weather – this is one of the reasons as to why they grow so well within hanging baskets and window boxes.

 

Grit and Garden Design

Grit can also be used within the design of your garden – if you’re looking for a minimal, low maintenance garden, gravel paths and borders can provide you with a serene, neatly finished space that doesn’t require continuous adjustment and care.

 

A garden designed using grit can also provide you with a garden that discourages insects – although for some this may be a negative aspect of a grit garden, for others an insect free garden is a haven and can be relaxed in without irritation.

 

Weed Prevention – An Alternative to Mulch

Weeds are one of the worst pests that can infect your garden and damage your flowerbeds – they spread rapidly and are tough to get rid of once their roots have developed. Spreading grit over the top layer of your soil can prevent the seeds from landing on the surface of the soil and accessing enough nutrients to grow – this is a way in which grit can be used as an alternative to mulch.

 

Using grit as mulch will also prevent problem pests from laying waste to your flowerbeds as they won’t have direct access to the soil in the flowerbed below them; this discourages the pests as they are less safe if they are out in the open

 

There are many other ways in which you can use grit within your garden; if you have any queries concerning materials such as sand, grit or gravel you can speak to a building or aggregate supplier near you. Alternatively, at Aggregate Shop we provide professional advice free of charge and are always more than willing to help.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 13:25
24 July 2013

The Best Methods of Using Rock Salt

Rock Salt, otherwise known as Halite, is the mineral form of Sodium Chloride (NaCl). Halite tends to be white of grey in colour but its colour can change depending upon the impurities that are in it. Halite is known for its wide use during severe cold weather but Rock Salt has many more uses that are often forgotten.

 

Rock salt is most famous for its use during the winter months against ice and light snow. Rock salt is frequently spread across areas that people don’t want to become frozen over such as roads, driveways and footpaths; the Halite mixes with the snow to create brine, this lowers the temperature at which freezing occurs making it more difficult for ice to form.  Rock salt is also used to melt or weaken thin layers of ice and snow so that they can be removed by other methods such as a shovelling or melting naturally. Even if the rock salt does not melt the ice, it provides traction making journeying through the ice an easier task.

 

Rock salt can also be used throughout the garden in the more pleasant seasons such as spring and summer. Rock salt is an effective deterrent against weeds that may sprout up around your garden as sprinkling a small amount of salt on a stubborn weed will dry the plant out and therefore kill it. Large amounts of salt will prevent the weeds from growing again over a long period of time, but it doesn’t just affect weeds, if you use too much salt you will put the health of your other plants at risk as they too can die from excess salt consumption.

 

 

Halite is one of the ingredients that can be used to repair snail holes in your garden. If you find that your premises are being invaded by snails or slugs you can fill the holes that they are coming in through using a mixture of rock salt and corn-starch. The corn-starch will plug the hole better than the salt alone could, but the salt will discourage the slugs and snails from attempting to enter.

 

 

Due to the drying effects that brine and rock salt have they are widely used as a method of preventing mould from growing or from developing further. To stop mould from growing in your outbuildings or garage place a few table spoons of rock salt into a small bucket of warm water. Once the salt has dissolved within the water soak a cloth into the solution, remove excess water from the cloth and daub the affected area with the cloth. Allow the room to air so that the wall will dry completely. The salt that is left behind when the water evaporates will prevent the growth of mould and other bacteria.

 

There are many other methods for using Halite within your garden and also within your home, if you’re looking for more information on rock salt or are interested in purchasing rock salt for your household needs get in touch with us at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 13:21
9 July 2013

How to Use Sand in and Around your Garden Successfully

Sand is underrated when it comes to taking care of your garden and maintaining other aspects of your premises. Sand can aid in drainage of water through your soil, fill in small holes that may appear in the walls of your outer buildings and aid in the prevention of growing weeds. Here are a few tips on how you can use sand to your advantage in and around your garden.

 

Sand is a cheap and easy method of improving water drainage within your soil. The sand prevents the soil from clumping together which allows water to drain through without hindrance. However, be careful not to add too much sand to your soil as it can cause water to drain too quickly leaving your plants without enough water even after heavy rainfall or large amounts of watering. Adding sand to your soil also makes it easier for your plants to extend their roots as the roots aren’t prevented by thick soil.

 

Filling in small holes in the outer walls of buildings requires the use of sand as part of the mixture that makes mortar. The majority of mortar is made using 3 parts sand, 1 part cement and the rest is made up of water. This is another reason as to why sand is particularly useful in maintaining aspects of your premises as without holes in the walls of your buildings you are less likely to land yourself in a tricky situation with damp that may lead to the growth of mould.

 

 

A fact that many don’t know is that sand can be used as a method of preventing weeds from growing in your garden. Weeds find it incredibly difficult to grow in sandy soil as well as soil that is heavy with clay. So to prevent weeds from growing in the soil of your flowerbeds or just in general it’s best to mix sand into your soil. When adding sand to your soil try not to disturb plants that are already growing as this may impede their growth rather than the growth of weeds.

 

Large amounts of sand within your soil allows organic matter to decompose much quicker than it would in ordinary soil. This means that your soil is richer and better fertilised as leaves and other garden debris will rot faster. Richer soil is better for the growth of your plants and will make up for the rate at which water seeps through the soil.

 

If you’d like to learn more about how to use sand within your garden or the best types of soil for your plants you could visit your local garden centre for inspiration or enquire at their help desk. For more information on sand and other aggregates get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop, we would be more than happy to help you.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 13:15
28 June 2013

How Gravel can Improve Water Drainage in your Garden

If your garden is becoming waterlogged to the extent where your soil is suffering or your plants are beginning to show signs of distress you should invest in some methods of drainage within your garden. There are several methods of recovering your waterlogged garden but the cheapest and simplest method is through the use of gravel. For some tips on how to use gravel to improve the health of your garden read on.

                                                                                     

Before you actually add the gravel to your garden, you need to select the right type of gravel as some rocks are too porous to be of any use to you. Limestone is a prime offender for this as when it comes into contact with water it becomes soft and spongy. This can potentially cause further water retention within your garden, making the problem much worse than before. Walking on your lawn whilst it is still wet can cause the soil to compact and lose its shape. Soil with either grit or gravel in drains water far better than if you use standard soil.

 

 

When adding the gravel to your soil it’s best to apply the gravel to the top layers of the earth. If you add the gravel to the bottom layers of the soil it will have less of an effect on drainage as the water will simply gather above the gravel until there is no air left in the soil, only when there is no air remaining will the water drain properly.

 

With this in mind till your garden until the ground is soft. Once the ground is soft add your gravel to the soil and mix in thoroughly, be cautious that you aren’t using too much gravel as you still want your plants to root properly. With the gravel now in the ground, sprinkle some grass seed over the top of your soil, and your garden should be back in perfect shape before the month is through.

 

Another method of improving the drainage within your garden that includes the use of gravel would be to install a French drain within your garden. A French drain consists of a trench filled with landscaping fabric, gravel, sand, and some soil to allow the water to drain away harmlessly.

 

Building your own French drain is fairly simple. The first step in the building of your drain is to locate an ideal site, and to then build your trench; the trench must be wide enough to drain the majority of your garden but not so deep that the water doesn’t run off properly. When you have built your trench line it with landscaping fabric and layer it with gravel, then fold the lining of the fabric over the top of the gravel to prevent dirt from mixing with it. With the gravel in place cover the lining in sand followed by topsoil and sod. With the layer of sod added you have completed the building of your French drain.

 

For more tips on the use of gravel and how much gravel is required in relation to the size of your garden get in touch with us at Aggregate Shop or check out our latest news.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 13:21
12 June 2013

Using Gravel in your Pond

There are many different sorts of outdoor gravel, some of which can be used for other purposes, whether this is as paving, an alternative to tarmacking your drive, or to enhance the drainage of water in your potted plants.  But what you probably haven’t considered is using gravel in your pond.

 

The majority of people are torn on this subject and would give you mixed advice on whether or not outdoor gravel is appropriate for a pond, especially a pond that is inhabited by fish. The main reason for people to be against the idea, is that some outdoor gravel can have adverse effects upon the fish, through changes in the water. If purchasing rocks or gravel from a pet shop is more convenient for you then stick to what you know, but if you’d like a change here are some tips on identifying safe, reliable gravel to use within your pond.

 

 Most gravel is safe to use in the pond, but some gravel contains high levels of calcium. Calcium can affect the water through hardening and causing changes in the pH. If the gravel that you have selected contains high levels of calcium it’s best to avoid using this type.

 

 

 

Although, how do you know if your gravel is too calcareous? There are several methods of testing your gravel for calcium; the first requires your chosen gravel and some vinegar.

Place a few drops of vinegar onto the gravel that you are thinking of using within your pond, if the gravel begins to foam or fizzes you should avoid using this as it contains too much calcium.

 

The second method of testing for high levels of calcium within your designated rocks is by acquiring a bucket of the water that you are going to be using within your pond and testing the pH. Once you’ve tested the pH of the water prior to the addition of the gravel, place the gravel within the bucket of water and leave to sit for approximately a week. After a suitable period of time has elapsed, test the water again. If there is significant change in the hardness and pH of the water since the addition of the rocks it’s preferable that you ditch this type of gravel and go for a safer option.

 

Some known calcium culprits are limestone, dolomite, coral and marble. Whereas some stones that are thought to be less hazardous or perhaps even safe are slate, granite sandstone and onyx, however even though these rocks are considered to be safer than those named previously each of them should still be tested before preceding further as they still pose as a risk to your fish.

 

Keep in mind that even if the gravel is not calcareous, rough or sharp edges can still harm your fish, so be cautious when deciding on which gravel to use within your pond.

 

Gravel can be bought from various locations such as garden centres, landscaping companies, and outdoors, so long as you don’t disturb the natural habitat of any animals. Or you could come to us here at Aggregate Shop, as we too sell gravel of all types.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 16:04
8 June 2013

Benefit of Slate Chippings in your garden

Benefit of Slate Chippings in your garden

 Using slate chippings as mulch can improve the quality of your soil whilst giving benefits akin to good mulches (which might otherwise not look so attractive). Slate chippings are available in a choice of colours and sizes and are inexpensive, meaning that most gardeners will choose to use slate over traditional options.

Slate chippings are very versatile and can be used in numerous situations including paths, driveways and for landscaping. They are also widely used for decorative borders where plants, shrubs and small trees are planted. Borders are usually very prone to weeds and much time in the garden is often spent weeding to ensure that plants grown in them are not suffocated by unwanted growth. Using slate chippings can save you a lot of time by preventing sunlight reaching unplanted areas where weeds are more likely to take hold.

Weed prevention is not the only benefit of using slate chippings. They are also help the soil retain moisture during hot spells where watering is needed more often. Not only do the benefits of slate chippings make them a great choice for gardeners, but for anyone wanting to make a beautiful, modern and colourful statement in their garden.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 10:55
6 July 2012

Garden Landscaping with Decorative Aggregate

Aggregate is the best material when it comes to garden landscaping, it not only gives an aesthetic appeal to the garden but also has some other features as well.  One can easily add shine and color to the garden by choosing among so many colors and textures available. We see offices and restaurants decorated with bright pebbles and wish to have them in the personal gardens. Now it is quite easy to have that same look in your garden as well. Companies are offering all kinds of stones and decorative aggregate that can add a charismatic touch to your garden.  Few people prefer putting the stones on the sides on the garden and filling the rest of the space with grass, while some make a walkway in the middle and leave the grass on the sides.

Ideas for decoration

Placing the pebbles next to the pond or fountains creates an amazing look. One should match the color of the aggregate with the color of the furnishing that you have used in the garden else you would end up creating a mismatch. More it look natural more pleasing it becomes. If you are creative enough you can mix and match the decorative aggregate to create some antique design. You can put these pebbles next to the bed of flower which with highlight the color for the flowers and make them look more beauteous.

Low Maintenance Decoration

Gravel and aggregate are considered to be the most inexpensive and low maintenance decorative item. You can get them in small portion or in bulks depending upon the size of your garden and according to your need. Once you have bought them it will remain in your garden without turning bad or rotting. It also reduces the chance of extra weed growing as it covers that space completely and stop further growth hence saving your time. You do not even have to bother about their cleaning, they can manage on their own and gets cleaned during rain.

If you use the garden for relaxation choose the decorative aggregate quite carefully, they are also available in dark and bright color so decide before buying if it would suit your taste or not. The color of the gravel should not be distracting rather it should complement the types of flowers and plants you have in your garden. Do make some space where you can walk upon them and feel the crunch of those pebbles below your feet. 

AggregateShop is a leading online supplier of decorative aggregates, gravel and slate chippings. All delivered direct to your home, what you see is what you pay. Expert advice and the best prices online.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 14:14
4 July 2012

Let our Gravel Calculator do the work!

When it comes to trying to work out how much aggregate you may need to transform your outside space it can be quite a daunting task.

Let our gravel calculator work out how many packed poly bags or bulk bags you will need for your garden or driveway.

When lying aggregate the depth depends on the size and what it will be used for. If you have a garden which is approximately 5 metres x 5 metres and lay gravel with an average depth of 4cm then you will need two aggregate bulk bags.

What is the best depth to lay gravel?

10mm gravel/ aggregate is generally laid at approximately 3-4cm (This is 1.5 inches). You will need an extra centimetre if you are planning to use the gravel/aggregate on a driveway.

20mm gravel/aggregate is generally laid at approximately 4-5cm (This is 2 inches).

If you are looking to purchase a large quantity of bulk bags please contact our sales line on 0113 320 0890, we can calculate the best prices for you. We also offer loose loads direct to building sites or larger landscaping projects.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 16:02
4 May 2012

Welecome to the Aggregate Shop

At AggregateShop.com we supply decorative aggregatescobblespebbles, garden gravelslate and rockery stone direct to customers across the UK.

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