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How To Use Decorative Slate Aggregates

Posted on 29th July 2022

If you are looking for a low maintenance, versatile garden landscaping product then decorative slate aggregates from Stone & Surfaces Direct are your answer.

Using natural slate in your garden adds plenty of character and opens the door to a wide range of design options you might have never considered before.

We have a beautiful catalogue of natural slate chippings at Stone & Surfaces Direct including blue, green and plum aggregates in 10mm, 20mm and 40mm options.

There are so many ways to use decorative slate chippings in your garden to create stunning features and focal points. Here are some ideas to help you feel inspired:


Slate chippings are perfect for creating garden pathways because the stone is angular and beds together better than any other aggregates to form a flat surface. This makes the slate easy to walk on and comfortable underfoot.

Generally, we recommend using 20mm slate chippings for pathways because they lie flatter and are far easier to walk on than 40mm. You could also use larger slate paddlestones or rockery to edge the path and add to the design aesthetic.


Our slate aggregates work well for preventing weed growth, therefore are perfect for creating a low maintenance border in your garden. You could also add larger pieces of rockery stone or a mixture of slate chipping sizes to give more depth to the area visually.

Water features

Many of our slate aggregates are fish-friendly, which makes them perfect use in water features. The colour of the natural slate is also more vivid when wet and creates a beautiful look.

It is simple to create a water feature purely out of slate products at Stone & Surfaces Direct. Our slate rockery and Lakeland walling can be used to create a waterfall feature and can then be complemented by slate chippings.

Pot toppers

Making use of slate aggregates as a top dressing for plants helps the soil retain moisture and means you won’t need to water them as often. Our variety of slate colours also means that you can find a product to complement any colour or style of pot.

Ground covering

Slate chippings are an ideal, low maintenance and cost effective product for ground covering.

Whether you are using slate to decorate a large or small area in your garden, slate aggregates will take a long time to discolour and are an affordable solution.

We recommend using a weed membrane underneath your chippings to keep them as clean as possible for longer.


Aggregates are also ideal for withstanding day to day life, driveway traffic, and the ever-changing climate conditions because of their excellent structural integrity. When you choose aggregates, you can expect your driveway to look good for many years to come.

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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