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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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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Looking After Gravel Drives

We are often asked about gravel drives, from different types of gravel drive to its construction and maintenance. Looking after a drive is necessary to prolong its life and keep it looking good. Gravel has had something of a resurgence as a material for gardens and driveways because it’s touted …

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Edging for Gravel Drives

In the world of landscaping, edging is a process by which stones, bricks or blocks are placed along the edge of a driveway to prevent pebbles and other debris from migrating into the lawn. It’s also used to keep grass from growing up around the edges of driveways. Debris that …

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