Using Slate to Enhance the Look of Your GardenPrice on Request
With such a vast array of materials and resources available to gardeners hoping to spruce up their outdoor spaces, it can be a pretty daunting task to decide on the right aesthetic for your fruit, flower and vegetable patches. If you’re looking for reliable garden gravel suppliers in North West Manchester, you’re definitely in the right place; we definitely know our stuff as far as the different types of gravel are concerned. Of all of our gravel types, slate has long been recognised as one of the most versatile – not to mention affordable.
For slate and gravel in Manchester, we have one particular variety that is as functional as it is pleasant to look at. This type is called blue slate; ours measures no larger than 40mm making it ideal for gardens, pathways and soil patches. But what is it about this type of slate that makes it such a great solution for gardeners? Well, if you’re located anywhere within the United Kingdom, you’ll most likely appreciate how low the price is when buying from us. This in itself can be a pretty big draw, but it’s the actual functionality of the rock that makes it such a great option
The usability of slate
For decades now, slate has provided a great alternative to standard rock types that can be somewhat boring and fairly standard to look at. Our title as one of the leading blue slate suppliers in Lancashire is due to the quality of our slate – a level of quality that you simply won’t find by attempting to source the slate yourself.
When sourced, properly filtered and prepared for sale – slate has the potential to be used within a range of requirements. It’s very durable – with each piece far more likely to snap than it is to crumble. What this means is that it can support heavy weight (such as that from vehicles), as well as being firm enough to sit neatly above soil patches without risk of sinking.
Over the past few years, slate has found less of a use as a landscaping material and more utilisation when applied to particular elements of a garden. Its natural grey sheen offers a stylish and elegant aesthetic, and one that will not detract from other features in and around your garden. Our 40mm slate in particular is very uniform in both size and appearance, with each piece possessing similar shape and depth.
Unlike other types of rock that can sometimes restrict water flow or even block the growth of plants – when applied in thin layers, slate can protect soil and securely house roots to ensure maximum plant health all year round (particularly during the spring and summer). Alternatively, many people opt to apply slate in thicker layers and this offers its own unique benefits, too.
For a start, thicker layers are capable of bearing a lot of weight (making them great for walkways and paths). As a secondary benefit, thicker layers of slate will actually make it very difficult for weeds and unwanted plant life to grow – mostly due to the rock being able to all but eliminate sunlight completely. With that being said, it’s also perfect for walkways where weeds are prone to popping up and for those that do manage to make their way above ground – the slate will stop the roots from taking hold properly, making weeds easy to remove.
Can slate be used for new plants?
As a fairly decorative rock, slate is better suited for placement around the base, stems and trunks of established plants (and those with leaves already above ground). The rock is quite thick and has been known to restrict the growth of newly laid seeds, so it’s best to avoid layering it until your vegetation has already broken free of the soil.
If you’re hoping to complement the look and feel of your soil patches that currently feature their own plants, then there’s no reason why you couldn’t begin layering the area gradually until it’s filled. Even thicker layers (those over 5cm) won’t reduce the flow of water and if anything, they’ll actually hold the hydration for longer – allowing the soil a better opportunity to absorb nutrients and minerals from these natural rocks.
Being harvested from layers of the earth that millions of years ago would have been deep underground, our natural blue slate in Manchester is exposed to a variety of nutrients making it ideal for decoration, as well as for promoting the healthy growth of plants and shrubs of all types and sizes.