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Gravel for gardens
Of different sizes, shapes and origins, whether it is gravel, or crushed quarry crushed stone of different diameters, the main choice for use is size, grain size. Depending on the use, you can choose a coarse garden gravel, with a diameter that can even reach 6 cm, or a medium or small gravel, with a diameter between 1 and 3 cm. Finally, for the use of pure decoration, there is also the colored variant, the trendy colors are pearl gray, red and shades of blue, gravel is also used with mixed shades. This materilae can be bought naturally at the quarries and in stores that distribute building materials. If you need to cover small areas there are also bags with small quantities. In addition to presenting the different types of gravel, in this brief guide we point out the main uses and some practical tips for maintenance.
Gravel for the garden: how to choose
The gravel used to replace flooring is a very economical and at the same time valid alternative. It can be applied quickly where necessary, no labor is required and, last but not least, it allows to keep the external environment clean by favoring the drainage of water without the formation of puddles. This material finds its ideal location in areas with frequent foot traffic, areas of the garden to live in, where walking is frequent. Ideal for example to place a gazebo in the garden, to trace paths in the green, to decorate a path or to outline the border of the flower beds. The simplicity of using gravel also allows for easy removal when not needed, so our outdoor environment can be customized as you wish. For the garden we mainly use 2 diameters, 1 cm and 3 cm gravel, the main use is that of covering for the passage areas.
Laying of gravel
To use gravel for the garden, you must first plan the quantity you need. Once the diameter has been chosen, it will be sufficient to calculate the area to be covered by multiplying by the thickness, the gravel is supplied in cubic meters at non-exorbitant prices. Once the area to be covered has been delimited, the advice is to slightly dig the part of the ground, even 20 cm of depth are sufficient, in order to give the material a solid base and a seat to settle. If the space we want to cover is small, the gravel can be easily distributed by hand, a rake and a shovel are helpful to level the layer and make the garden levels uniform and leveled as a whole. In particular solutions, for example when you want to protect flowerbeds, or if you want to define a substantial part of the ground outside your home, you can opt for a solution that involves the use of material of different diameters. In these cases, when laying the gravel, a fabric is used to divide the two layers of different diameters. To make this separation layer, there are commercially available geotextiles that are used to prevent the different thicknesses of stones from creating uneven areas and then following depressions or holes. To avoid this type of problem it is important to carefully level the material when it is spread.
As known, this material performs an exceptional draining action for the waters, if it is well settled in the ground there will be no problems from the point of view of the uniform consistency of the walking surface. Maintenance is therefore almost non-existent. Over time, weeds can form, for example along walkways, but can also be easily removed by hand. The growth and spillage of weeds depends above all on the depth of the ground, if the paths or areas of decoration of our garden are periodically attacked by pests, it will be sufficient to lightly wet the gravel with special products that prevent the herbs from taking root. The removal of dry leaves also contributes to cleaning and, in the case of colored gravel, the removal of dust. To make the garden gravel resume its original color, it will be sufficient to periodically wet the gravel on the surface, this practice allows to eliminate the dust that settles, but it is an operation that can be done years later. Finally, with the passage of time the garden could require the addition of crushed stone as a result of the material that is buried when it is compact over the years, for this type of operation today there are also commercially available 50 kg bags in gardening stores, in the hardware stores and building materials, so even in the case of maintenance on large areas, it is possible to avoid the use of quarries with a consequent saving even on transport.Garden stones
In addition to gravel, always remaining in the category of pebbles and grit, an important role is played by garden pebbles. They are almost always decorative stones or ornamental stones that are used to create small areas in the garden with particular species, such as rock gardens.
In this great category, the limestone occupies a role of primary importance, thanks to its high aesthetic value given by its irregular shapes very suitable for the creation of rock gardens and flower beds. Another type of stones suitable for these jobs are the river pebbles, pebbles that must have important dimensions and that are appreciated for their smooth and rounded shapes.
For more regular and geometric creations, instead of garden stones It is even better to use tuff, a stone widely used in past decades but which still gives a pleasant sense of order, geometry and naturalness at the same time.