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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
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