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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

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