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Using River Boulders and Duck Stones to their Full Potential

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Of all of the stones, pebbles and rocks available to gardeners, our river boulders and duck stones offer some of the most substantial benefits as far as aesthetics are concerned. It’s not just their unique appearance that makes them a fantastic addition to a garden space – they are also very durable and possess some of the strongest compositions of any natural rock formations. read more...

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Of all of the stones, pebbles and rocks available to gardeners, our river boulders and duck stones offer some of the most substantial benefits as far as aesthetics are concerned. It’s not just their unique appearance that makes them a fantastic addition to a garden space – they are also very durable and possess some of the strongest compositions of any natural rock formations.

This strength makes them ideal for use within walkways around gardens and lawns. Thanks to their naturalistic look, the likes of which you will typically only find outdoors, they can add a little organic beauty to any living space. Our boulders and duck stones are sourced from the highlands of Scotland, before being brought directly to our shelves for our customers to enjoy.

This is what has led us to being recognised as one of the best garden rock suppliers in North West Manchester and we’re also happy to supply gardening materials in Lancashire, surrounding areas and the entirety of the UK. We offer some of the most affordable rocks available online – all of which are of the highest quality.

Using boulders within your garden

Our boulder and stones vary in size and each offers their own unique shape and colour hue. When dry, they can make a fantastic addition to any garden space – although due to their size they may be better suited to walkways, as opposed to soil beds. When wet after a rainfall or between watering, they look absolutely stunning, taking the aesthetics of water features and ponds to an entirely different level.

Water features such as fountains and running streams look even better with a naturalistic appearance – and there’s nothing quite as organic as the very stones that are found around real rivers and lakes. If you’re looking for water feature rocks in Manchester, then we’re proud to offer the closest possible thing - without you needing to trawl the marshes to find similar.

The best way to introduce these rocks to your garden is as sparingly as possible. Although it’s not unheard of for gardens to feature these stones over larger spaces – this can often result in a beach-like aesthetic, with minimal room for grass and vegetation to flourish. The better option would be to implement a selection of rocks (either matching in size, or varying depending on your preference), to a particular area or patch.

This could be within ponds, around the edges of features where they may be partially touched by water, or even inside of water fountains. The natural shine of these rocks is further enhanced by water and this can add a very attractive look to any space. If consistent water isn’t an option, there’s always the potential to water the space to soak the rocks.

Adding cobbles to walkways

If slate and pebbles aren’t quite viable for your path or walkway, river cobbles make the ideal alternative as they are well rounded and fit neatly into any flat space with a little positioning and flattening. As the rocks are strong and sturdy they are easy to navigate, and can make a very comfortable path.

If the cobbles are large however, then it may be a challenge to get them to remain flat and that’s where duck stones come in handy. As our bags come complete with both types of rock, it’s a simple process to pour batches and then flatten them out to suit. The stones are often smaller and will fall into any cracks or crevices left by the larger cobbles, so within a matter of hours you could have a fully operational walkway that looks and functions perfectly.

Our river boulders and duck stones

We carefully check our bags of cobbles in Manchester to ensure that they are of the highest quality. We sell them in single tonne bags for an incredibly affordable price – with each boulder and stone measuring between 20 and 30cm in length and width. This makes for a huge amount of coverage, allowing layers to be applied in and around ponds, within water features, along walk ways and even placed randomly alongside other types of rocks.

There’s really no limit to how versatile our cobbles and stones are. Whether you’re keen to recreate a particular aesthetic style by introducing a variety of rocks, or if you like the naturalistic appearance of our river and duck stones on their own, your options are endless. Take a look at our full range of decorative gravel in Lancashire for some of the best deals in the entirety of the United Kingdom.

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