Posted on 29th November 2022
Although spring and summer might be over, the autumn season is still just as good as any to plan your new garden design ready for next year. Consider natural stone; one of the best ways to give your garden a spruce of life and support the growth of new plants.
Garden stone offers practicality, versatility and natural protection to any garden, no matter what the size or shape. Available in a variety of options from walling to pebbles or paving slabs to slate chippings; all have the ability to add texture, design and functionality.
At Stone & Surfaces Direct we have a wide range of natural stone materials to choose from from the smallest aggregates to large paving slabs. With so many options, the hardest challenge will be deciding which stone works best for your garden.
Let’s have a quick roundup of our most popular garden stone materials and the many benefits of including stone in your garden design.
What benefits does garden stone offer?
Garden stone offers many advantages for your outdoor area. Discover the reasons why they are so versatile and practical in a range of garden designs.
Style - When it comes to design and style, the options are endless for garden redesigns. Add a new cobble pathway, flowerbeds, planting borders, slate chippings, pebbles or paddlestones for some decoration in your garden.
Weed control - Garden stones naturally help prevent weeds and weed growth. They can be used instead of or in conjunction with weed killer to limit weeds appearing in your garden.
The best garden stone for this job is slate chippings because they help keep unwanted weeds under the soil and aid the retention of moisture in the ground.
Drainage - In addition to providing moisture, garden stone can be used to drain excess water from your garden. Decorative aggregates in particular are a fantastic solution for drainage and help reduce the risk of damaging foundation and your garden from excess water.
Chippings and gravel are the best options for drainage.
Practicality - Stone in your garden can also be a practical method in maintaining a clean garden and house. For example, you can use stone to place in the soil to provide a walkway through the garden to ensure muddy footprints aren’t tracked through your home.
Improving garden soil - Garden stone helps to maintain good soil health. Normally the soil underneath large stones is thriving with life and growth and this is because lots of moisture is stored underneath to promote soil growth and prevent weeds.
Plant care - Introducing stone into your garden can help with plant care and protection. Placing large rocks in your garden allows plants to grow on the sides to protect themselves from the elements and retrieve moisture.
Garden stones to consider for your garden
At Stone & Surfaces Direct we have many garden stone products for you to choose from for your garden landscaping project. Here are some of our most popular.
Slate chippings - Our decorative slate aggregates offer many purposes for the exterior of your property. Apply them in your garden or use them as a surface for a driveway. They can also be used for decoration or to protect your soil against weeds.
Pebbles - A flexible and versatile choice, pebbles can infuse any garden design and offer a contrast in a garden when used alongside grass.
Paddlestones - Our paddlestones are ideal for use to cover pond liners or as a grading element in rockeries and planting beds. The geological composition means they are unlikely to change the pH levels of ponds or soil and are therefore suitable for planting borders and are a great choice for ponds and water features as it is fish friendly.
Gravel - Our gravel is a consistent charcoal to black colour that darkens when wet. The shape is random in size but smooth and ideal for domestic paths, planting beds and driveway application. It is low maintenance, which saves you time compared to other garden landscaping products and is ideal for weed prevention.
With over 25 years of experience distributing natural stone paving, porcelain paving, aggregates, rockeries and interior solutions worldwide; Stone & Surfaces Direct are the people to help you achieve the perfect patio, garden, or home interior.
Talk to one of our experienced stone professionals about your specific needs today.