As we are now a couple of weeks into 2020, you may be looking to carry out work on your home and garden. Does your garden need an overhaul? If you are looking for high-quality materials to use to help elevate it, have you considered garden gravel? If you haven’t, this post is for you as we are going to discuss some of the benefits of using this in your garden.
Gravel is one of the most affordable garden aggregates available and will not cause too big a dent in your budget. This is one of the reasons why so many people choose to use it in their driveways. The best way to save money is to buy locally, UK-sourced gravel rather than having some imported.
Resistant to Temperature and Weather
One of the biggest benefits of using gravel over other choices is that it is not affected adversely by climate or inclement weather. You can use it to cover exposed and dry areas of parched soil and it provides a great foundation for a Mediterranean-inspired garden featuring plants like Phlomis, Santolina, eurobias and lavender. Is there a lot of rain where you live? Gravel provides excellent drainage that stops plants from getting drowned when there are heavy showers.
Easy to Use and Easy to Maintain
Another huge benefit of using gravel is how easy it is to lay. You only need to dig out areas of 5cm before you lay the gravel. It also, when used on a semi-permeable surface, stops the growth of weeds. What does this all mean? Once you’ve laid it, gravel requires little to no maintenance, not just for 6 months or even just a year, but for decades. Making it a must if you are looking to cut back on all those little annoying weed control jobs you hate doing.
Perhaps, like many people, you have made the mistake in the past when you’ve heard the word gravel, thinking of it being grey, dull and not especially eye-catching. Which is why, understandably, you might not want to use it in your garden, if you are looking to turn it into something you are proud of and want to show off to your friends, relatives and neighbours. However, the actual truth is that gravel is very attractive and versatile. Rather than just being available in greys and off-whites, you will find gravel can be purchased in a wide variety of different colours and sizes.
You can use different coloured gravel to make pretty patterns and cool designs or simply use it to complement your plants. For instance, if you have rose bushes, you could use red-toned gravel to highlight the red of the flowers.
So, if you are planning on carrying out work in your garden or even your driveway and are looking for a reliable, durable aggregate option, gravel is a great choice. It’s versatile, requires less maintenance than other options and is incredibly affordable. When used properly, it can help take your garden to another level.