Laying Gravel

Gravel is an excellent choice for your landscaping project as it comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, colours and tones.

 

When laying gravel in your garden the first thing you need to do is measure the area you want cover. We have an easy to use stone calculator to take the guess work out of the equation. All you need to do is enter the width, length and depth (recommended depth 40mm) of the area you want to cover & let our gadget calculate the amount of aggregate you will require.

As a rule of thumb, 1 bulk bag of aggregate will cover approximately 9m² (96.8 ft²) at a depth of about 40mm (1.57 inch).

Ideally you want to clear and flatten the area you are covering filling in any dips. If you have slabs or paving then you really want to take those up – even if they are broken. This will create a good base for the gravel.

You can lay gravel directly over existing slabs etc, but this is not ideal and you will need to form a base (aggregateshop.com crusher run is idea for this) for the gravel to sink into.

Aggregates create a non-solid, porous surface. It is highly likely that in the very near future you will have to obtain planning permission for paved driveways as during heavy rain the water has no-where to go but off the drive onto the road – this results in adding to the risk of drains overflowing and ultimately flooding. Gravel lets the water sink into the ground – reducing the risk of flooding and is therefore you do not need to get planning permission.


Step by step quick guide;

 

  • Prepare the ground – remove any paving slabs etc. if at all possible.

  • Lay a base of crusher-run down first if you need to raise the level or if it uneven.

  • Lay down a ground or weed control to cover the entire area to prevent any weeds from peeping up in your new garden – you can edge it if you wish with sleepers/bricks etc. but this is not necessary as the gravel will weight it down anyway.

  • If you are covering a driveway go for a 20mm aggregate, it is easier to walk on and will not scatter as easily or get stuck in tyre treads as a 10mm would.

  • Spread the gravel over the membrane at a depth of 1 – 1.5 inches.

  • Have a cuppa and admire your new gravel garden, you’re all done Simple!

 

P.S, Remember aggregates are a mined natural product, so may be dusty on arrival. Once laid give the stones a sprinkle with a watering can, hose pipe or wait for the rain to rinse off the natural dust (Won’t take too long with the British weather!).

 

FAQ’s

 

Can I Lay Gravel on a Existing Base Like Concrete?

 

There are a couple of problems in covering an existing hard surface, whether it's concrete or a loose surface such as gravel. The most important of these is safety, but there's also an aesthetic problem.

When a loose aggregate is placed on top of a hard surface, it causes a "Ball Bearing Effect" - the individual stones act like ball bearings or marbles on a tiled floor and move when a load is imposed upon them. 

To avoid this it is best to lay gravel on a prepaid surface such as cleared soil/ ground with a weed suppressant membrane laid on top (see aggregateshop.com Ground Control Fabric £8.99 per roll). This will not only give more stability to the area but also stop pesky weeds from popping up!

How Much Maintenance Dose a Gravel Garden Require?

 

Minimal! A gravel garden is not only aesthetically pleasing but virtually maintenance free. We strongly recommend you lay a weed control fabric under the gravel to stop weeds popping up. And remember no mowing needed!    

 

Can I grow Plants in a Gravel Garden?

 

Yes planting is simple: scrape back the stones, make a hole in the weed membrane beneth and plant the plant before replacing the gravel.  Plants will thrive in a gravel garden as water drains through the stones to nourish the roots.

 

What Plants Like Gravel Gardens?

 

Plenty, here are a few examples;

Bulbs

  • Allium

  • Colchicum

  • Crinum x powellii

  • Nerine bowdenii

Shrubs

  • Ceanothus

  • Cistus

  • Cordyline

  • Cytisus

  • Hebe

  • Hypericum

  • Juniperus

  • Lavandula

  • Rosmarinus

  • Salvia

  • Santolina

  • Thymus

  • Yucca

Herbaceous perennials

  • Achillea

  • Bergenia

  • Crambe

  • Crepis incana

  • Echinops

  • Eryngium

  • Euphorbia

  • Iris unguicularis

  • Kniphofia

  • Nepeta

  • Oenothera

  • Osteospermum

  • Papaver

  • Phlomis

  • Sedum

  • Verbascum

Grasses

  • Miscanthus

  • Pennisetum

  • Stipa

Bedding

  • Cosmos

  • Gazania

  • Portulaca

Climbers

  • Campsis

  • Trachelospermum



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