How to use aggregates in your landscaping

If you’ve been looking at your garden thinking about how you can spruce it up, why not use aggregates? From quarried aggregates, such as gravel, crushed rock and sand, to decorative aggregates, such as pebbles, cobbles and slate chippings, the choices are endless. Aggregates are an affordable and easy way to enhance the look of any garden space.

Today, I’ve partnered up with Mainland Aggregates, aggregate supplier near me, who have the experience and expertise to share with us all kinds of ways aggregates can be used around gardens and other outdoor spaces. But first, let’s give aggregates a bit of an introduction.


What are aggregates?
Wood Create explains that aggregates can be divided into three categories: decorative aggregates, recycled aggregates and quarried aggregates. “Quarried aggregates are aggregates mined from a quarry and used mostly in the construction and building industries. Decorative aggregates, such as chipping, gravel and pebbles, are small pieces of stones mostly used in landscaping projects.”

How to use aggregates?
For landscaping projects, decorative aggregates are the first choice. These are durable and versatile aggregates that come in a variety of shapes, textures, colours and sizes. “Decorative aggregates can be used all around your outdoor space, from walkways and driveways to borders and water features.” Says DIY Daddy Blog.

Garden paths
As A Mum Reviews comments “You can build a garden path using a variety of materials, including aggregates, sub base and edging.” However, aggregates are the most popular (or at least the most common) way of defining garden paths and footpaths. In a recent blog post, A Mum Reviews explains that there are three main types of aggregates used for paths: gravel, mulch and stone.

Garden borders
Aggregates can be used to define plant borders, promote better drainage and improve the overall look of a garden. For this, many use small rocks, such as slate chippings and gravel, whilst others prefer larger rocks, such as cobbles. You can also use a combination of larger rocks and smaller rocks to create a more textured and visually appealing look.

Garden fences
Garden fences can be created with gabion baskets, wire mesh cages that are filled with natural materials, such as stone. Gabion baskets have been used for thousands of years for different applications, from stabilising shorelines to military fortification. Today, gabion baskets continue to be incredibly versatile and seen more and more in residential spaces. To create gabion fences, gabion baskets are filled with a variety of gabion stones and stacked on top of each other.

 *Collaborative post