How To Transform Your Outdoor Space with Landscape Aggregate
With the various types of aggregate out there, which is the best for your next outdoor project?
What is Aggregate?
Aggregate is a popular term for when you are planning to do some landscaping for either your home or business. It is described as the coarse to medium grain material. When you are looking to improve your landscape design, you might instantly think of adding plants or mulch. Both of these are excellent choices- BUT what if rock or gravel could add even more yard appeal to your landscaping AND save you money and maintenance. Not only does this option provide color and texture but allows for functionality to your hardscape.
Types of landscape Aggregate
Gravel is one of the smallest types of aggregate and its primary function is to lay foundations, driveways, and it can be used for paths and patios. Gravel is created by a natural process, giving the material a smaller, more rounded surface, allowing to withstand weather conditions like rain, snow, and ice. Which makes it perfect for roads and underwater structures.
Crushed stone is similar to gravel because it is a type of rock, but gravel is produced naturally while crushed stone is created with machines that break down larger rocks into small, angular stones. Similar to Gravel, Crushed Stone is great for paths and walkways, but due to its different sizes and shapes, can also be used as a mulch replacement or even paver spacers.
Unlike gravel, crushed stone comes in different colors and sizes, allowing more options for your landscape preferences. Certain types of crushed stone have a more aesthetically pleasing look than gravel, providing a nice contract in your yard.
Pea Gravel is slightly rounded, as its name suggests, and about the size of peas. It is a long-lasting solution for pathways and walkways. Pea gravel comes in a variety of colors, and prices can vary depending on the color you choose. It is often used in replace of mulch in bare areas and is sometimes used under xeriscape-type plants, a landscape design trend that requires little to no irrigation or other maintenance.
River Rocks come in various sizes, ranging from 1 inch up to several inches across. These are smooth rocks that create a rustic, natural feel and are often used to edge flower beds or create drainage areas within beds. This type of landscape aggregate is typically sold by the pound or the ton. If you decide to use river rocks in your next project, opt for a variety of sizes for the most natural look.
Decomposed Granite is simply granite that has weathered to a combination of silt and tiny rocks. Due to its fine texture, it is typically used on paths and patios. It tends to be a rust-color and fades in the sunlight. Decomposed Granite is reasonably affordable and holds up for a long time. One disadvantage of this landscape aggregate is that it can adhere to your shoes or your pet’s feet, making a bit of a mess and can travel to scratch hardwood floors.
Now that you understand the various types of aggregate, we can get into the different ways you can use the aggregate for your next landscape project.
Aggregate for Landscaping
The following are just a few ideas for you to use your aggregate in your landscape design to enhance the look and functionality of your outdoor space.
Stone aggregate is a great choice for making boarders due to the small size of the pieces that allow it to create any shape you desire. You can use this stone aggregate to outline your gardening beds, line your driveway or walkway, edge your property, flower bed covers, and decorative hardscape.
Walkways and Driveways
Do not overlook to utilize aggregate options for your entire surface of a walkway or driveway to provide a texturized, natural look as well as a sturdy surface for foot and vehicle traffic. And as stated above aggregate stone is also great for lining those driveways and pathways for great contrast and definition.
Stone aggregate is a great option to help improve your drainage without losing the aesthetic appeal of your landscape design. It works to direct water away from your house and is especially effective when used in conjunction with French drains.
Spacers for Pavers
If you use pavers in your landscape design, a great option to fill those gaps between is to use smaller stone aggregate, which tends to be more aesthetically appealing. By using aggregate between your pavers, you are allowed more control over the color and size of the spaces between your walkway, driveway, or patio pavers, and a more complete natural look with a twist.
Aggregate is a very versatile, natural, and easy to work with material that can bring a new look and texture to your next landscape project. Here at Cannonsburg Wood Products, we proudly offer a variety of aggregate products with delivery options! If you are in the Grand Rapids area –We Are Your Local choice!