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The Best Ways to Look After Plum Slate

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If you’re considering purchasing plum slate in Manchester, then you’ll be happy to hear that this is one of our highest quality products. This unique slate has been around for thousands of years, although its uses within the garden have only come to the forefront over the past few decades. Being decorative in nature does have its advantages, but it was recently discovered that slate actually comprises a variety of minerals. read more...

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If you’re considering purchasing plum slate in Manchester, then you’ll be happy to hear that this is one of our highest quality products. This unique slate has been around for thousands of years, although its uses within the garden have only come to the forefront over the past few decades. Being decorative in nature does have its advantages, but it was recently discovered that slate actually comprises a variety of minerals.

This means that you’ll receive a fantastic looking layer of gravel for your driveways and paths, or an excellent source of nourishment and aesthetics for your garden space. Plum slate is unique when compared to other types of similar rocks – mainly due to its exclusive colouring. As its name might suggest, the plum colour is what defines this stone and it’s a very affordable way to add a pop of colour to your drive or garden.

We are the best plum slate providers in Lancashire

All of our slate is harvested from the most reliable sources and with the environment in mind. Our smallest bags still weigh in at a hefty 25kg, with larger orders available over 10 tonnes. Even with the high quality of our slate, we still promise some of the most affordable gravel prices in North West Manchester, as well as within the entirety of the United Kingdom.

Each piece of slate will measure approximately 40mm from edge to edge, and as no two pieces of rock are the same shape – this makes for an incredibly attractive layer of stone. Looking after your plum slate should be a top priority, and there are a few great ways to ensure that it looks its best all year round – whatever the weather.

Cleaning stains from slate

Whenever stones are exposed to water, there’s a tendency for organic materials to start to grow. Although harmless, they can sometimes detract from the appearance of your stones. Cleaning them is very simple – no matter how deep the stains may have run. A few sprays with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar will help to lift away dirt and debris, and if there is no plant life present (as may be the case with drives and paths), consider sprinkling salt to stop any unwanted organisms from growing.

Polishing with water

If you’ve just laid your plum slate, you’ll notice that it actually boasts two unique appearances. The first is when it’s dry, where the soft plum colour will emanate a deep purple. When wet however, the slate will appear much darker – in some places black. This in itself is a fantastic way to keep your slate looking pleasant all year round. Just a quick sprinkle with water during hotter months will create a layer of hydration that enhances the natural appearance of the slate. During wetter months, the rain will take care of the rest.

Flattening your slate

As one of the leading gravel suppliers in North West Manchester, we understand how important it is to create a layered appearance to your gravel. Fortunately, plum slate is very easy to manage and can be flattened in no time at all. To do so, pour your bag of slate in the very centre of the plot due to be covered. Then spread the slate out using a hand tool or pitchfork. With the back of a shovel, gently pat the slate until the pieces fall into place and settle in neatly. Watering the gravel will further help with this settling.

Turning your gravel

Although plum slate offers a deep purple hue, it’s not uncommon for this colour to fade over time – especially when exposed to direct sunlight. To slow this process down, or to prevent it entirely – simply turn your slate from time to time. This process will ensure that no single surface is exposed for large amounts of time, meaning that the purple tone will stay around much longer; keeping your garden space or drive looking fantastic for years to come.

The cost of our plum slate starts from just £3.99 a bag, and with 25kg of stylish rock to enjoy – you’ll be able to cover at least a metre square of space without difficulty. Thinner layers will go a little further, and when combined with other types of rock you can achieve any unique aesthetic that appeals to you. Take a look at our other great gravel products right now to gauge the types of combinations that you can create – with one of our personal favourites being plum slate and blue slate.

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