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The Best Method of Laying Gravel

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A great looking garden will often boast a variety of features – many of which are available directly via our online store. If you’re looking for garden gravel supplies in North West Manchester, you’re definitely in the right place. We stock a huge range of rocks and aggregates, from your traditional golden gravel available from just £3.99 per 25kg bag, all the way to our elegant looking blue slate that can complete any garden space in style. read more...

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A great looking garden will often boast a variety of features – many of which are available directly via our online store. If you’re looking for garden gravel supplies in North West Manchester, you’re definitely in the right place. We stock a huge range of rocks and aggregates, from your traditional golden gravel available from just £3.99 per 25kg bag, all the way to our elegant looking blue slate that can complete any garden space in style.

Purchasing gravel is one thing and knowing how to properly lay it is something else entirely. As your number one gravel suppliers in Lancashire and the surrounding areas, here’s our look at how to ensure that your gravel is prepared and laid as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Prepare the area

Your gravel will undoubtedly already have an intended use, but the way in which you lay it will differ from garden to garden. The method of laying will vary if you’re planning on planting seeds in a flower bed, and in this instance the best thing to do is to clear the area entirely first. Once clear, spread a thin layer of topsoil down and allow it to settle for a few hours. A quick sprinkle with water will help to speed this process up.

Once ready for a layer of gravel, start with the middle and work your way to the edges. Don’t worry too much about keeping the layer flat at this point – you’ll have plenty of time to press the gravel into its new environment once you’ve finished. If you’re using multiple gravel types, be sure to pour them in equally to enhance the aesthetics of the flower bed, as clumped up areas may look a little unnatural.

Gravelling solid spaces

Gravel doesn’t just look great around flower beds and shrubs – it’s also an excellent solution for driveways and paths, too. These areas won’t typically have soil underneath, instead opting for a more durable foundation like concrete, brick, or wood. In any event, it’s literally as simple as pouring your gravel into the very centre of the area, before spreading it out and into the edges with a pitch fork or similar tool.

Once spread out, consider evening the area with the back of a shovel to ensure that it remains as flat as possible. Alternatively, turn the hose pipe on and wash down the entire area. Any loose rocks will soon fall away into open gaps and slots. For larger stones this may not be an option and so it’s a better idea to flatten them into the layer by hand. Walking across the entire surface a few times will also help – especially if you’re opted for smaller rocks such as our dove grey limestone.

Reinforcing the layer

Once your gravel has been applied, you may find that after a few days of use that parts have sunk. This is natural and nothing to worry about. As the rocks settle into their new surroundings, they will fall and rub up against one another, forming a much tighter fit. The result is that your previously flat surface will now feature gaps or declines. As expected the best way to treat gaps is by adding more gravel. Smaller stones will most predominantly suffer with this event, although it’s not unheard of for larger Lancashire river cobbles and duck stones to experience the same. In either event, just a few handfuls of gravel will typically suffice – more if your garden or drive space is a little larger than average.

Follow the same method of flattening the area out as mentioned above and then check back in a few days’ time.

Reinforcing the edges of your gravel

This process is typically taken care of once your gravel has been laid, but there are instances where you may want to do so before adding your rocks. If your gravel will be making direct contact with another material – grass or soil for example, then it’s a good idea to separate the two. If you want to do so before laying your stones, consider adding a piece of canvas on the very bottom of your plant patch.

If you’ve already laid your gravel, then simply push the edges back into the centre slightly, add a few sticks of wood and then pour the gravel back over to conceal the wood. This will help to ensure that your gravel doesn’t easily make its way onto the grassy areas surrounding flowerbeds and plant patches.

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