Decorative Stones & Gravel

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Browse our range of decorative stones and gravel for use in your next building project. Decorative stones and gravel can be installed in a variety of applications where aesthetic appearance is a consideration, such as driveways, flowerbeds or paths. Choose one of the decorative stone and gravel products that meets your needs from our range.

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What Are Decorative Stone & Gravel? 

Decorative stones and gravel are versatile landscaping materials that add aesthetic appeal, texture, and functionality to outdoor spaces. These natural or synthetic materials come in various shapes, sizes, and colours, making them an excellent choice for enhancing the visual appeal of gardens, driveways, pathways, and other outdoor areas. 

Decorative stones and gravel encompass a wide range of landscaping and aggregate materials, ranging from natural garden stones and garden pebbles to refined options like stone chippings and slate chippings.

Decorative Stones

Decorative stones, often referred to as ornamental stones, are natural or man-made stones designed to enhance the aesthetics of outdoor spaces. 

They come in a wide range of materials, including river rock, pebbles, granite, marble, slate, and more. These stones are typically polished, tumbled, or cut into various shapes and sizes to create eye-catching patterns and designs. 

Renowned for its vast selection of colours, decorative stones can be used for landscaping, ground cover, garden accents, and water features.

Whether your project requires a green accent or a bold pop of red, find it all at Materials Market. 

Decorative Gravel

Decorative gravel is a granular material composed of small rocks and stones. It is available in different sizes, ranging from pea gravel (small, round stones) to larger crushed gravel. 

Decorative gravel can be made from various types of rock, including limestone, granite, and basalt. 

It serves both decorative and functional purposes, as it can be used for driveways, pathways, drainage solutions, and as a base for other landscaping features.

Where Are Decorative Stones & Gravel Used? 

Decorative stone is used in areas where visual interest is of importance. 

Gravel has a more functional purpose, typically being employed in applications where aesthetics are less of a concern and function takes precedence. 

Decorative Stone Uses

  • Garden Beds: Decorative stones add elegance to flower beds and borders, serving as a visually appealing ground cover.
  • Pathways: Create attractive walkways and paths in gardens or outdoor areas using decorative stones for a unique and inviting ambience.
  • Water Features: Depending on the type and material, decorative stones can be used to create beautiful ponds, fountains, and streams, enhancing the overall look and feel of your garden.
  • Landscape Edging: Edge garden beds with decorative stones for a defined and polished appearance.
  • Potted Plants: Use decorative stones as top dressing for potted plants to improve aesthetics and moisture retention.

Decorative Gravel Uses

  • Driveways: Gravel driveways provide an affordable and durable alternative to asphalt or concrete driveways.
  • Path Construction: Gravel pathways are easy to lay, and maintain, and also offer a rustic and natural look.
  • Drainage Solutions: Gravel is excellent for improving drainage in low-lying areas or near the foundation of buildings.
  • Erosion Control: Gravel can prevent soil erosion on slopes and hilly terrain.
  • Base Material: It serves as a stable base for patios, sheds, and other outdoor structures.

Decorative Stones & Gravel Benefits 

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Both decorative aggregates and gravel enhance the visual appeal of outdoor spaces, adding texture and colour to any landscaping project.
  • Low Maintenance: They require minimal maintenance, making them an attractive option for busy homeowners.
  • Versatility: Decorative stones and gravel can be used in a variety of landscaping projects, adapting to different styles and preferences.
  • Natural Drainage: Gravel aids in natural water drainage, preventing puddles and erosion.
  • Cost-Effective: Compared to other landscaping materials, decorative stones and gravel are often more budget-friendly.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Oftentimes, decorative stones and gravel tend to be sourced from natural and thus renewable sources. They also do not require frequent watering - an environmental downside of having a traditional garden lawn. 

Frequently Asked Decorative Stones & Gravel Questions

How Do I Choose The Right Decorative Stones For My Garden?

Consider the colour scheme, size, and style of your garden when selecting decorative stones. Opt for stones that complement your overall landscaping design.

Are Decorative Stones and Gravel Environmentally Friendly?

Yes, they are eco-friendly options as they allow rainwater to permeate the ground, reducing runoff and supporting healthy soil. 

Unlike garden lawns which require watering on a frequent basis, decorative stones and gravel fend for themselves, needing only occasional levelling and weed removal to maintain their good looks. 

Can I Use Gravel For a Patio or Seating Area?

Gravel can be used as a base material for patios, but for seating areas, you may want to consider adding a layer of sand or pavers for a smoother surface.

How Do I Maintain Decorative Stones and Gravel? 

Regularly remove debris and weeds, and use a landscape fabric underneath to prevent weed growth. Gravel may require occasional levelling.

Are There Any Safety Considerations When Using Decorative Stones or Gravel?

Pay attention to slip resistance when using decorative stones in wet areas, and use caution when walking on gravel pathways, especially for those with mobility issues.

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