Aggregates are a great way to use natural materials as mulch or ground cover in your landscaping. As with any project, start with a plan about how you want to use your landscape. Your garden space can have separate areas for different purposes which is where aggregates can help define and separate these spaces. Here are how to use some common aggregates in your landscaping:
● Limestone – When looking at different aggregates, limestone is an incredibly affordable and versatile option. It can be used for paths, walls, garden beds, accents, and so much more. Keep in mind that limestone can be slippery when wet, so if you are going to use slabs for foot traffic you should make sure they are textured ahead of time.
● Crushed Stone – This a durable option for ground cover in rock gardens or where grasses are hard to maintain or unwanted. Use landscape fabric between your soil and the aggregates to minimize maintenance and maximize its benefits.
● Crushed Gravel – This is a great option for creating a garden path. There are different varieties of gravel available with distinct looks and textures. The best first step is to visit a local supplier to see the differences and get some advice about what would suit your landscaping project the best. Regularly rake crushed gravel paths and patios to maintain an even surface.
● Sand – If you have a fountain or a rock garden, sand makes a great base. When considering aggregates, sand is a good option for leveling patio stones, pavers, and walkways or creating a foundation for ponds and planters.