In the midst of looking for pearls, we found gravel.
It consists of loose aggregation of rock fragments and can be found in many different colours and sizes. Gravel has become one of the more popular forms of hardscaping that brings its own unique appeal to the gardens.
The uses of gravel
- Outdoor seating areas
- Decor in the garden
- Places where grass will not grow
- French drain installations
- Flower bed cover
Gravel can be found in a variety of sizes and colours to suit your liking, and because of the availability, it is one of the more cost-effective was of hardscaping.
SO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF GRAVEL?
- gravel is a great low-maintenance and water wise gardening concept.
- makes for a good hard-wearing ground cover.
- reduces water evaporation.
- helps prevent soil erosion.
- Slows down weed growth
- looks neat
- works well as an alert to the movement or presence of someone.
However gravel should not be mistaken for pebbles. Gravel comes from crushed rock and has irregular shaped surfaces, where as pebbles are naturally formed by water, which gives it a smoother look and shape, and can be found in riverbeds.
When laying gravel for driveways, walkways and in the garden, it is always best to lay out a geotextile fabric such as bidim, as the foundation. This will help with weed prevention, letting water filter through whilst keeping the gravel in place and will lessen the chance of soil erosion underneath the gravel.
We would suggest using geotextile fabric rather than a plastic, as it allows the soil to breath and water to pass through, where as plastic will restrict water flow which could cause pooling in the gravel and will restrict the soil from receiving air, which increases the chances of mold and pathogens being present in the soil in the long run.
Above you will notice the different sizes and colours gravel can be found in