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How To Protect Your Gravel & Slate Chippings

Posted on 25th October 2022

When it comes to garden landscaping materials, slate chippings and gravel are popular choices. When applied and maintained correctly they serve as a versatile, low maintenance and beautiful solution for garden decor.

Due to the main benefits these surfaces provide, the popularity of slate and gravel continues to grow. If you are looking for a garden material that is easy to lay and will withstand adverse weather and other environmental factors, they are a perfect option.

What are the main benefits of aggregates?

With the correct installation and preparation, slate aggregates and gravel are extremely easy to maintain and can last for many years with no trimming, watering or cutting required.

At Stone & Surfaces Direct we also have a variety of colours, shapes and sizes available, so you can get as creative as you like with your new garden installation.

Slate and gravel gardens are also highly durable and not often affected by snow, rain and other adverse weather conditions. With the unpredictable nature of British weather, aggregates can prove a huge saving on time and money.

Can weeds be a problem for aggregates?

Unfortunately, in most gardens, weeds will find their way through and risk spoiling your garden surface. However, with adequate preparation and maintenance weeds don’t have to be an ongoing problem in your garden.

How to remove weeds from slate and gravel surfaces

If you have spotted a few weeds starting to sprout, this could indicate vulnerabilities in your garden. Don’t worry, there are some simple ways to get rid of weeds!

Most weed killers containing glyphosate will get rid of the entire weed down to the root and are perfectly fine to use on slate and gravel with a few considerations.

Ensure you protect nearby plant life and grass and be aware of the potential hazards to any pets or children that access your garden regularly.

Allow time for the weed killer to work properly. Time will vary depending on the type of weed and the chemicals your product contains. Be aware that a higher concentration will not make it more effective, so if you need to try again do not increase the concentration.

It is also important to remember that weed killers are not permanent and you may be required to re-apply it every 3-4 months if new weeds grow in their place. Alternatively, if you spot them as they grow, simply remove them by hand.

How to prevent weed growth

If you are about to lay a new slate or gravel aggregate surface, the most effective method for preventing weeds is the use of a weed membrane.

What is a weed membrane?

Weed membrane is easy to install, practical and clean and can be very good at suppressing weeds of all types.

It consists of a sheet or cover laid over the top of your topsoil and beneath the slate or gravel to block the emergence of weeds. If you had minimal maintenance in mind when choosing aggregates, this solution is ideal for these kinds of surfaces.

However, if using a weed membrane you should consider whether your surface includes plants because flowering plants will require nutrients and a weed membrane will prevent this. It will also block sunlight, which could inhibit future plant growth.

If you are choosing slate or gravel chippings for your garden surface, the likelihood of having it as a long-term solution is high. Therefore, if the potential effects on the surface underneath aren’t a concern, then weed membrane is a fantastic solution.

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.

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