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Create Ground Cover
Creating groundcover or mulching is essentially to use a layer of gravel, slate or pebbles to cover up an area of soil or ground either in between planting or other garden features or for providing a decorative finish, contrast or an edging to paving or grass.
There is nothing better than seeing gravel and cobbled areas interspaced with plants either formally or informally to complement and enhance your gardens design.
Aggregates works as a great alternative to grass or soil, as they are a nil or low maintenance alternative, allowing you to concentrate on planting schemes or creating beautiful features without the chores of grass cutting or weeding.
There isn't an easier transformation, than levelling out ground, laying out a landscape membrane to prevent the weeds coming back through, cut a cross in the membrane and insert your chosen plants, then spread the aggregate of your choice up to the plant. Then sit back and admire your efforts knowing that you won’t have to be constantly on the lookout for weeds.
If you fancy a change (and a rest) from maintaining a grassy area, no need to remove the grass, merely douse with weed killer, lay the membrane on top and spread the gravel out over it. An instant transformation! All that remains is to get out the garden furniture and light the barbeque.
What to use
Aggregates for groundcover or mulching can be virtually anything from sand, to any gravel, slate, glass, pebble or cobble. Rockery stone can be used to provide an edging to the gravel to provide a different texture and decorative finish.
Use gravel with rockery stone as the gravel really compliments and highlights the stone especially when using slate rockery. Using rockery with cobbles and pebbles creates a river bed theme to the garden.
Funk it up
Modern garden designs can be enhanced and created by using coloured gravels in a variety of different ways, for example use black slate or charcoal granite for a monochrome design or silver grey granite to add that zen feel to any garden.
Using glass aggregates is an exciting way of adding colour to your designs. Use it on its own or with a combination of other colours to create intricate and interesting combinations. Glass can also be used with water features or ponds to provide a more modern feel and looks amazing when lit up at night to add that real wow factor.
Adding boulders, large slate feature stones or monoliths are a great way of adding a focal point to the garden design, to help create some height and depth. Slate standing stones, monoliths or water features can add that extra level to any sized garden. Create interest within the garden by using mixtures of different products together to create a contrast in textures and colours or both.
Bringing the great outdoors to your door
Using gravel and aggregates for gardens can create a natural feel by combining planting schemes interspaced with gravel, different sized rocks with smaller ones like you would see at by rivers or on mountain screes. Whatever theme you have in mind within the garden, whether it be the seashore, a rocky outcrop on the moor, natural pools and rivers. All can be used to help make your garden something special.