Garden Gravel, Pebbles & Rocks
Garden gravel, pebbles and rocks may be used in a garden for a variety of reasons including:
- Decorative purposes
- To mark out a path or driveway
- To line a water feature
- Provide a decorative top layer for a bed of plants
Gravel, pebbles and rocks may come in their natural colours, or be a dyed colour. They come in various shapes and sizes and are usually ordered by weight.
Different Types Of Gravel, Pebbles & Rocks
- Chippings - in between the size of gravel and pebbles, chippings come in various materials including; blue slate, plum slate, cotswold buff, limestone and granite
- Cobbles - similar to pebbles but larger. Usually smooth and chunky in size. They come in various tones depending on the type of cobble selected
- Polished pebbles - small stones that are individually smooth, giving a different aesthetic to a rougher material such as chippings
- Gravel - small pieces of rock that are commonly multicoloured in appearance
- Rocks - larger pieces of material usually used to create a rockery, or similar display in a garden
Installing Gravel, Pebbles & Rocks
There are various ways to install gravel, pebbles and rocks to a garden. The installation depends on the required use, and in some cases the gravel may need to be laid at a considerable depth.
If you are considering laying a gravel driveway or path, the grading and installation is particularly important to ensure minimal ongoing maintenance.
In all instances, consult a professional for advice if required and follow any supplier instructions.
The Benefits Of Garden Gravel, Pebbles & Rocks
- Gravel driveways and garden paths are easier to maintain than turfed varieties
- Add colour and design to a pathway or garden walkway with coloured gravel or stones
- Plants and wildlife have more surface to hide under or grow around with the addition of rocks to a garden