Use these four types of gravel and small stones to create your own backyard oasis. Each of these items adds its own texture and visual interest and can be used in almost any backyard space. They add a certain pizzazz but still keep things looking delightfully natural. The projects are suitable for the average DIY type, but calling a professional doesn’t hurt.
Crushed Granite Gravel
Natural granite comes in a variety of colours. Crush it into gravel sized chunks and those colours all blend together. Crushed granite gravel has a rough texture and works well on patios and pathways. The rough texture holds the rocks together, making them easier to walk on. Water doesn’t puddle on top of the granite, it filters through, just like it does in nature. Choose the colour to fit your home décor. For example, if you have a white or cream-coloured Queenslander, a mixed white, gray and black granite provides a nice contrast.
Decomposed Granite Gravel
This is granite that’s been allowed to weather. The rocks break into smaller pieces and the edges get smoothed out. If it weathers long enough, it takes on the texture of coarse sand. This is another option for those patios and pathways, where decomposed granite gravel adds a more rustic look. This type of gravel is easier to walk on because of the smoother edges, but its sand-like texture also makes it easy to track into your home. Just remember to take off your shoes before going inside and the problem is solved. Weeds also tend to like this type of gravel. Putting down landscaping paper before you add the gravel really helps. So does pulling a weed as soon as you find one.
This is a mix of small rounded pebbles that is used mostly as a filler between larger paving stones and to highlight individual plants and trees. It’s also a favourite of Japanese dry garden enthusiasts because it “rakes well”. The gravel represents water. The water is “raked” to give the appearance of waves. The smooth pebbles create less friction when the rake is pulled across the surface. But the smooth surface also means that pea gravel is more difficult to walk on, making it a poorer choice for pathways and patios.
River rock has the same smoothness as the pea gravel and comes in just as many colours. The pieces are larger, and it is even more difficult to walk on. They are often used to frame plants because they help control drainage. You might consider using them to build a waterfall or a backyard pond because, just as in the wild, the colours really come out when the rocks are wet. These are also used in Japanese dry gardens, but only as accents.
For more information, contact a business such as Quincan Quarries.Read More