Paving Sand – When Should I Use It?

When installing a new driveway, you want to make sure that the structure is stable, reliable and will last for many years to come. One of the biggest problems with certain types of driveway is that the structure will begin to move around, shift and even sink. Of course, this …

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Size Does Matter With Gravel

They say that size doesn’t matter but when it comes to using gravel to create a beautiful driveway; it really does. While you might opt for a gravel size that you find aesthetically pleasing, this isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about when making a choice.  If you’re …

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Gravel Driveways: Advantages and Disadvantages

Gravel driveways are one of the most popular choices for driveways and hard landscaping in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. It’s cheap, easy to lay, low maintenance and looks good, particularly in country settings or in towns where it matches the predominant stone and brick colouring of …

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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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Choosing a Cobblestone Driveway

Cobbles are large, rounded but irregular stones that have gained their shape from the action of the sea or a river rolling the stones around. Larger than gravel, other names for cobbles are duckstones or river stones. Cobbles straddle the categories of loose and hard surfaces. They are sold loose …

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Advice on Hoggin, Cinders and Ash Driveways

This article covers the loose materials available for constructing driveways that are similar to gravel but not classed as such. Gravel is made from stone that’s been broken down and smoothed, to a greater or lesser extent, either naturally in rivers and on sea beds, or artificially, as a by-product …

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Edging for Gravel Drives

There is a huge variety of edging strips available for driveways and, although they help to make a gravel drive look good, it’s not all about image. Dangers of Untamed Gravel If you read our article in this section about Maintaining Gravel Drives, you’ll find out about spreading, where gravel …

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Looking After Gravel Drives

Gravel has had something of a resurgence as a material for gardens and driveways because it’s touted as a low-maintenance surface. This doesn’t mean that it’s a no maintenance surface though, and a little regular work is required to keep it looking and performing at its best. There are three …

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