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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

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