Plum slate is a durable, versatile landscaping material. Its distinctive look is fast making it a favorite with professional landscape designers, as well as with do-it-yourselfers.
Uses of Slate
Distinctive Plum slate makes attractive garden paths which are easy to construct and last for years with little maintenance. This natural rock with a reddish cast is at home in any garden setting from a cozy cottage in Derbyshire to the patio of a sophisticated London flat.
The flat surface of landscaping slate makes it easier to walk on than gravel. Gravel walkways frequently have to be renewed after heavy rains, but slate walkways are more permanent. Slate’s flatter surface and durability make it an excellent, economical choice for driveways.
Landscape slate is also a perfect mulch. It is available in several natural colors which will harmonize well with your plants. Use it in the rose garden, the azalea bed, or under trees and shrubs. It is absolutely delightful when used in a cactus bed.
Unlike wood mulches, slate lasts for several seasons. It is clean and almost impervious to the weather.
Benefits of Slate
Landscapers have fallen in love with slate for more than its sophisticated looks. Landscaping slate is an environmentally friendly, sustainable material.
Slate is chemically inert, which means it can be safely used around any type of plant, without altering the soil’s pH. It can be placed directly on the soil around your plants, although many gardening experts recommend linings to prevent any weeds from popping through.
Slate’s chemical inertness makes it ideal for use around swimming pools and stock ponds. Plum slate lends a striking contrasting touch around a sparkling swimming pool.
Tips on Using Slate in Landscaping
Proper preparation is the key to beautiful landscaping. Before spreading slate chips in place, level the site. To make extra sure no weeds can appear, you may want place landscape membrane or fabric down as a lining before layering the slate mulch on top. Plastic mesh is more permanent, but many gardeners prefer natural burlap which eventually deteriorates and adds nutrients to the soil.
You can’t go wrong by choosing slate landscaping mulch. Plum slate will make your landscaping superb for many years.
Plum slate is available in 1 tonne bags, 25 kg bags, and in bulk.
Coverage guide: 1 tonne covers approx 25 Sqm at 25mm depth