Stone aggregate is prized in the world of landscaping for its many benefits. Many southeastern Pennsylvania homeowners choose to incorporate stone aggregate into their hardscaping for its aesthetic appeal, natural ability to promote better drainage, versatility, durability, ease of installation, and introduction of different sizes, shapes and textures into the design of their outdoor spaces.
In our last article, we talked about what stone aggregate it, what the benefits are of using stone aggregate in landscaping, and just a few of the many different types of stone aggregates homeowners can opt to use, from pea gravel and beach pebbles to crushed gravel and river rocks. In this article, we’ll highlight a few of our favorite uses for stone aggregate for landscaping projects.
The many uses of stone aggregate for landscaping
Few hardscaping materials are as versatile as stone aggregate, which is one of the reasons its use is prized by both landscaping professionals and homeowners alike. The following are just a few of the many ways you can use stone aggregate in your landscaping to enhance the look and functionality of your outdoor space:
Stone aggregate is a great choice for making borders because the small size of the pieces makes it easy to create any shape you desire, including rounded shapes. You can use stone aggregate to outline your garden beds, to line your driveway or walkway, to edge the perimeter of your property, or to stylishly delineate different areas within your outdoor space.
· Mulch replacement
Who says you need mulch to do the job of maintaining the right moisture level and temperature for your plants and flowers? Stone aggregate is an easy mulch substitute, and because it’s made up of durable stone, you don’t need to top it off every year like you do with mulch.
· Walkways and driveways
While stone aggregate is a great option for lining walkways and driveways, it can also be used over the entire surface of a walkway or driveway to provide a texturized, natural look as well as a sturdy surface for foot—and even vehicle—traffic.
· Natural drainage
Want to improve your drainage without losing the aesthetic appeal of your landscaping? Use stone aggregate to direct water away from your house. This is especially effective when used in conjunction with french drains.
· Paver Spacers
It’s customary to use grout between paving stones, but replacing grout with a smaller stone aggregate can be just as effective, and a lot more aesthetically appealing. Stone aggregate can provide you with greater control over the color and size of the spacers between your walkway, driveway, or patio pavers, and complete the natural look of stone with an elegant twist.
· Grass Alternative
Have a spot on your lawn that just won’t grow grass no matter what you do? Consider letting nature win, and claiming a win for yourself as well by converting the area into a decorative stone garden filled with stone aggregate and a few larger pieces for contrast.
Stone aggregate is a versatile, natural, easy to work with material that can bring new life and texture to your outdoor space. Talk to Modern Landscapes today about using stone aggregate in your hardscaping!