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Choosing the Right Gravel for Your Garden

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As simple as it might be to opt for standard topsoil when it comes to preparing your plant patches – many gardeners of all skill levels are deciding to utilise gravel, slate and rocks as well; and not just for their aesthetic potential. Gravel serves a variety of purposes; from finishing off the look and feel of your garden space, all the way to enhancing plant growth, safely housing nutrients within soil and protecting compost from the elements. As your leading garden gravel suppliers in North West Manchester, we offer a range of rock products to suit your needs – each of which will offer their own benefits to your garden. read more...

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As simple as it might be to opt for standard topsoil when it comes to preparing your plant patches – many gardeners of all skill levels are deciding to utilise gravel, slate and rocks as well; and not just for their aesthetic potential. Gravel serves a variety of purposes; from finishing off the look and feel of your garden space, all the way to enhancing plant growth, safely housing nutrients within soil and protecting compost from the elements. As your leading garden gravel suppliers in North West Manchester, we offer a range of rock products to suit your needs – each of which will offer their own benefits to your garden.

Plum slate

Slate has been around for millennia, as it is a vital component of the earth’s layers. Over the past few decades in particular, its uses as far as gardening is concerned have come to the fore – and it’s now common to see our plum slate within gardens all around Manchester. Where this slate really ‘shines’ is when wet, but the dry alternative is still an ideal solution for gardens, drives and walkways, too. The composition of this slate is relatively firm and it is strong enough to withstand even consistent pressure without turning to powder. What’s really unique is the soft purple hue that gives the rock its name.

Golden gravel

It’s not just our slate that we’re proud of – in fact we’re one of the top golden gravel suppliers in North West Manchester. Our gravel isn’t your run of the mill quality either; our strict control checks assure that only the finest batches make their way into our bags (these can be purchased from as low as £3.99 per 25kg). We’ve found that most of our customers use them to top-up garden spaces and soil patches, and as the consistency is fine enough to fit anywhere – our golden gravel makes the ideal accompaniment to compost. With that in mind, there’s no reason why it couldn’t be used on driveways or within horizontal plant beds in need of a little more definition.

Lancashire river gravel

As our garden supplies in Lancashire are all sourced from our surrounding areas (what better way to support the British countryside), another of our most popular products is our Lancashire river gravel. As its name might suggest, it comes directly from our local rivers, after being shaped and refined by decades of consistent water flow. The result is a fine 20mm river gravel that comes in a variety of hues. The rocks themselves are all very strong and able to stand up to immense amounts of pressure (making them perfect for active driveways), but where they really offer a unique benefit is when used within garden spaces. As the gravel is so fine, there’s never a concern over water being able to make its way into the soil underneath either – making it easy to grow plants and vegetation.

Cotswold buff gravel

If you’re looking for a more aesthetically pleasing type of rock, then our Cotswold buff gravel could well be the way to go. Sourced from the Cotswolds and brought directly to our depo centre in Manchester, this gravel is some of the highest quality in the country – all with an incredibly low price tag. The unique appearance would complement any garden space – especially around trees and bushes. The pleasing colour would finish off any soil patch and there’s also the option to add the gravel to your driveway as the edges are well rounded and won’t pose any risk to car tires.

Dove grey limestone gravel

Another very unique-looking rock now, this time with our dove grey limestone gravel. It’s a little finer than our Cotswold buff gravel, not to mention possessing a gentle grey hue that could finish off even the most densely populated shrub patch. We have found that the best way to apply this rock is to sprinkle it over a patch and then flatten it out using a shovel or pitch fork. Once flat and even, it will look as great from a distance as it does up close – making it the perfect finishing touch to your soil patch or walkway.

These are just a few of our gravel products, and if you’re looking for gravel in North West Manchester, then take a look at our online store for a full breakdown of our products – all of which are available at incredibly affordable prices. You could have a fantastic looking garden space in no time at all, so don’t hesitate to place an order today and take advantage of our quality products at wholesale prices.

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