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What To Consider Before Buying Landscape Gravel

Reina Lopez | February 20, 2020

Gravel plays an important role in gardening. Its environmental benefits, cost-effectiveness, low maintenance, and aesthetic appeal also make gravel an excellent investment. With the interest in ‘plant parenting’, gravel has become more popular over the years for more reasons than ever. But a gardener must first consider a few factors before buying gravel that will help to determine the right one for their garden in order to reap its benefits.

Gravel comes in various sizes, textures, colors, and types. Comparatively, gravel costs less than other landscaping and hardscaping materials. However, determining the right gravel for the garden might be a difficult decision to make.

The following are some helpful tips for choosing gravel for your garden:

Identify the Gravel’s Purpose

Choosing gravel should be based on its purpose rather than its appearance. What will you use it for? Do you want to use it in a specific part of your landscape? Gathering these questions will enable you to decide on the size, color, and texture of your gravel more easily.

The compact nature of some gravel prevents erosion by creating a stable surface. Furthermore, polymeric sand or other adhesives can be mixed together to further solidify the gravel surface.

A gravel’s stable surface makes it easier to roll wheelchairs and vehicles across it. Among gravel, there are some that are used for footpaths, driveways, and walkways, and others that combine gravel with stepping stones.

Choose Colors that Match the Existing Design and Landscape of Your Garden

Color is another factor to consider. A well-chosen color will complement your existing garden and landscape. You can achieve warm temperatures in your garden by choosing warm-toned gravels, for example. Your garden will also emit a refreshing aura with this combination of light and dark. In contrast, cool-toned gravels may be a better choice for flowers that are pale. It highlights the beauty of your blossoms.

Plan Your Budget

Budgeting will maximize the value of material choices, while still being able to finish the project. Gravel prices vary according to availability, types, and sizes. To reduce costs, you can purchase gravel in bulk from local suppliers in your area. You still need other materials to finish your project, so do not overspend on gravel.

Estimate the Amount of Gravel Your Garden Needs

When you have chosen the color for your garden, it’s time to determine the quantity of gravel you need. To begin, decide how much gravel you need and how deep it should be. A landscape professional and a supplier know how to calculate — or use this handy aggregate calculator. All you need to do now is verify your estimate to avoid waste and unnecessary expenses.

Get the Right Gravel with Ernest Maier

Gravel selection always depends on what you need. There are those who prefer rainbow stones, while others prefer pea gravel. Using these tips will give you a basic understanding of how to choose gravel for your gardening needs. It is still wise to consult with professionals in these fields. If you want to find the best gravel, contact Ernest Maier for the best supplies.

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