Replacing Blocks in Paving

Replacing individual blocks in paving is possible, although the success of the repair does depend on some extent to the problem that you are trying to solve. If a block has cracked because the substrate below is not even, for example, then replacing the block without levelling the substrate will …

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Weeds, Moss and Algae on Paving

Algae, moss and eventually weeds can take over a newly laid drive unless you keep an eye on the situation. Regular applications of weedkiller and path clearing products will keep them under control, but many people don’t like using these chemical products because of the damage they can do to …

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Is it Worth Re-covering Tarmac?

In our article on tarmac patching we pointed out that there is no way that a patch will ever be invisible. But there is a way that patches can successfully be hidden, and that’s by putting down a new layer of bitumen or an acrylic coating on top of the …

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Surfaces for Children’s Play Areas

Although trips and falls are an everyday part of the growth and development of children, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should go out of your way to make a garden unfriendly to them. On the other hand, does the compensation culture in the UK mean that we have to cover …

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Using Bark and Other Loose Driveway Materials

Bark chippings, also known as bark mulch, are a popular surface for play areas in gardens and woodland paths, because they blend in with the colours and textures of a natural landscaping scheme (see our article Surfaces for Children’s Play Areas on this site). But although bark can’t really be …

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Using Gravel in the Garden

The use of gravel in gardens has become very popular in recent years. This is largely down to a trend for low-maintenance gardens, either for buy-to-let properties or for busy homes where families want to relax in the garden rather than maintain it. Where to Use Gravel You can lay …

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Using Stone Block Paving

The number of products that fit into the category ‘stone block’ is huge, so you need to think hard about what you’re looking for if you don’t want to make an expensive mistake with a new driveway at your home. Why is Stone So Popular? Although the traditional sources of …

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Using Professionals for Work on Your Driveway

There are definitely benefits to having your drive laid by professionals. Apart from saving your time, you’ll have a guarantee to fall back on and should get a decent job done. Many other people will be happy that they have the skills to do the job and quite enjoy it, …

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Environmental Issues When Constructing A Driveway

No one would have thought twice about paving over a garden for a driveway 10 years ago, but with ‘green’ issues now firmly in the public eye, the ecological impact of this practice has come under increasing scrutiny. And it’s not just paving over gardens for driveways that’s attracting attention. …

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The Art of Laying Tarmac

In our overview article about tarmac laying, we discussed the fact that it’s not really a job for the ordinary handyman. This is because of the skill level required, the expense of getting in the specialist machinery, and knowing how to use it (see Tarmac Options For Your Driveway Or …

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