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The Use of Stone Chippings in Garden Design

M

aking the best of a garden isn’t necessarily all about the planting and there are other materials that can be added into a design. Stone chippings are an example of this and they can be used in a variety of ways to create an attractive look.

Types

Stone chips for use in gardens are typically available in a few types and materials. River stones and pebbles have a smooth and rounded appearance due to the action of moving water rolling them around as they are formed. Crushed stones comprising of broken down rock have a sharper, more angular look and can be made of materials such as gravel, limestone and slate. Either style can come in a variety of sizes and both are suitable for use in a garden.

Colors

Gardeners have the option of a few colors for the stone chippings they choose. Natural earthy tones such as greens and browns are popular as they blend in well with the look of plants, trees and flowers. However, it is also possible to use colors that are a little more vibrant and this includes pinks, blues, yellows and reds. These can provide a contrasting look to more natural tones and create a distinctive look.

Uses

Stone chippings can be used for both practical and decorative purposes in a garden, with some of the common options including the following.

Landscaping: The look of flower beds and borders can be improved by adding a layer of colorful stone material around the plants as opposed to just bare earth. Stone chips can also be used as an alternative to grassed areas and are a lower maintenance option that needs less looking after than a lawn.

Mosaics: It is possible to use chips and pebbles to create mosaic features in a garden. These can add a decorative touch and can simply be laid out on the ground or set in mortar for a more permanent style.

Paths: Using chips as a material for paths and walkways around a garden creates an attractive look. It is also a safer option for walking on as a slip is less likely than walking on grass.

Dry Stream Beds: These are small trenches that help to drain the soil in a garden so that it does not become sodden or flood in wet weather. Filling the trench with small stones helps to carry the water away quickly.

Mulch: Stone chips are a simple and low maintenance form of mulch that can be used to protect soil, help to conserve moisture for plants and inhibit the growth of weeds. For best effect it is generally recommended that stone material is used in combination with some form of weed control fabric.

Where to Buy

Anyone looking to use chippings in their garden can find them for sale in a few places. One of the best options is an online supplier as these usually have a large selection available and will deliver purchases direct to a home. Other options include garden centers and home improvement stores.

The aesthetically pleasing appearance of stone chippings can add an attractive touch to any garden. This makes them a feature that gardeners should consider when designing a layout.

About the author:
Leslie writes for various small business websites in Ireland.
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Beloved KEPT Child of Jesus stumbling by faith ~ Married 30 years ~ Blessed Mama of 10 beside me & 2 at Jesus' feet ~ "Retired" homeschool mama of 22 years ~ Writer * Blogger * Reviewer ~

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