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Great Tips to Keep Your Garden Gravel Clean

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Most avid gardeners will enjoy nothing more than keeping their garden spaces in top condition all year round, but with so many different elements posing a threat on all fronts, it’s not uncommon for soil patches, gravel and other materials to start to show the signs of wear and tear. As one of the best gravel suppliers in Manchester, we know what it takes to ensure that your rocky areas look good all year round. Here’s a few great tips to keep your garden gravel clean and free from decay. read more...

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Most avid gardeners will enjoy nothing more than keeping their garden spaces in top condition all year round, but with so many different elements posing a threat on all fronts, it’s not uncommon for soil patches, gravel and other materials to start to show the signs of wear and tear. As one of the best gravel suppliers in Manchester, we know what it takes to ensure that your rocky areas look good all year round. Here’s a few great tips to keep your garden gravel clean and free from decay.

Tilling isn’t just for soil

As gravel and rocks are allowed to settle into their local environment, it’s not uncommon for dirt and debris to start to take hold. Moss can be one of the most irritating events to have to deal with, especially during wetter seasons. With the summer fast approaching, it’s important to keep moss and lichen free from your gravel and rocks – especially if you’re hoping to keep your garden in top condition for the year ahead.

One of the best ways to stop moss from forming is to eliminate its opportunity to take hold. This can be as simple as shuffling your gravel a few times a week and then patting it flat again with the back of a shovel. The same applies to weed formation too, and being sure to turn your rocky patches will make it very difficult for fresh weeds to take hold and grow.

Water often, wash infrequently

Whether your stones are used for your walkway, or if they’re neatly positioned to enhance the look of your shrubs and flower beds – you’ll undoubtedly want to water them often to keep them clear of debris. As vital as water may be, it can also encourage the growth of weeds and other unwanted organic materials.

That’s where high quality gravel comes in handy – and if you’re looking for the best gravel in North West Manchester then you’re in the right place. Better gravel will be easier to clean – making it ideal to deter unwanted plant life from growing. Life will always find a way however, and so you’ll typically be faced with a need to clear green moss and lichen from your stones from time to time. Avoid using harmful chemicals and traditional cleaners – these can be detrimental to your plant life. Instead, opt for naturally acidic cleaners like lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.

Apply fresh layers of gravel

Regardless of whether yourgravel in Lancashire is placed on a firm, concrete foundation, or if it is spread evenly over soil – the effects of rain, snow and wind will take their toll as time goes by, and this can result in sinking or general wearing away. Many gardeners opt to add a fresh layer of gravel to their existing spaces; simply to enhance the physical appearance whilst reinforcing the base layer.

When adding new gravel, there’s no limit on the types that you can use. From the same batch of your favourite plum slate gravel, all the way to the more traditional golden gravel available in smaller bags – your options are endless. We’d recommend pouring finer gravel into the cracks and gaps within larger rocks – just to add a layer of reinforcement. Alternatively, sprinkling the existing gravel with larger stones will act to seal in gaps and provide an even, sturdy foundation in general.

Sprinkle deterrents

This may not be an option if your gravel is placed nearby plants and flowers, but if you use your stones and cobbles for walkways or drives, then you have the option of adding deterrents to help to keep your rocks clear of moss and other debris. Salt is one of the most versatile, although as mentioned above it is important to keep it away from any plant life. When applied sparingly, it can act to stop weeds from growing, as well as being able to keep entire areas clear from moss and mildew. Just a sprinkle every so often is more than sufficient. If you’d prefer not to use salt, then other options are available.

These include lemon sprays that are often very acidic in their properties and will strip away even the most stubborn green stains. Using lemon before any stains have been allowed to settle will be even more beneficial, as it can often stop moss from taking hold altogether – providing a much cleaner area that stays the same way for months at a time.

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