There are a huge number of ways to cover the ground in your garden. One of the most obvious choices being gravel. It comes in hundreds of different styles and sizes. The cheapest gravel is around £40 per 1 tonne bag and it is a mixed size and colour style. It resembles the look of a probable beach with greys, whites and browns with the odd purple tint.
This is large gravel, which comes in the most different styles. The small gravel is often called pea gravel and each piece is around the size of a pea. There isn’t usually much difference in price between the regular cheap gravel above and the basic pea gravel.
The benefits of large gravel are that its more sturdy, particularly if you are needed to park a car on the gravel or place other heavy objects on it.
It also looks better, more defined and you can get a greater variety of styles, from recycled glass gravel to white gravel to pebbles, to slate.
The downside is that these are usually more expensive and require more hard work. Also, it takes a lot more gravel to cover the same amount of area if you want a good layer of coverage. Because each stone is quite large, it creates gaps where the gravel sits on top of each other. If you have black weed stopper fabric below the gravel it may be visible unless you have a thick layer of gravel.
Also, even the tiniest gaps between the gravel pieces allow light to get in, making it much easier for weeds to grow!
Small gravel, like pea gravel has it advantages and disadvantages too.
On the plus side, it is easier to spread as it is lighter and smaller, this also means that it covers more ground quickly and you can get away with a thinner spread of gravel to achieve even coverage. (Than if you used large gravel.)
This type of small gravel is more noisy than large gravel when you are walking on it. It is impossible to walk ow without the crunching sounds. On one hand this is good for safety, you can hear anyone walking around outside before you see them. On the other hand, it can be annoying to hear the constant sound of gravel under your feet and it moves around more meaning you might have to sweep it back into place.
When you think of gravel to choose from you also have to take into consideration the best garden hose to use for your garden. Hozelock hoses are the best and you can get some great hozelock spares to attach and customise.
Whichever gravel you choose just be sure to do some epic weed killing first. Otherwise they will find their way up through the gravel no matter how thick it is. The black fabric is best because it still allows moisture to soak through, you are not going to create drainage problems by using this underneath your gravel. If you can, apply it with double thickness, the friction on the fabric from the gravel over time can wear the fabric out creating patches. Better to future proof by applying a double layer of fabric now sooner than later!
Many people think a weather sensor to water their garden is too high tech and unnecessary. However once is it is place, it eliminates the need to have to spent half an hour watering the garden every day in the summer. You can set it up to a sprinkler system and sit back and relax whilst the time does the hard work for you.
Some of the fancy timers like the Hozelock plus also haven weather sensors, so you don’t have do anything at all. If the weather is drizzly or rainy, the sensor will know not to water your grass!