Choosing the right decorative pebbles for your garden…
When selecting a particular decorative pebbles for your project, looking at the photos on our website is a great start. However, it’s still a great idea to come and see them in the “flesh” in our depot in Darra where they are all available in the bulk bays to view.
You must consider a number of things when selecting a decorative pebble or gravel for your project. Are you looking for a a ground cover in a garden bed, to cover an expansive area which will be walked on, a driveway where cars will frequent or park? The specific application will dictate your choice. Decorative gravel is generally recommended for driveways or parking bays, as the sharper, angular facets will lock together far better under the weight of heavy vehicles.
For walkway areas, a more rounder river decorative pebble would be the best choice. The rounded softer edges will be easier to walk on and generally in these more “feature” areas, decorative river pebbles add a great visual effect. Once again, smaller decorative pebbles will much easer to walk on.
When matching your decorative pebble or gravel choice to your existing landscape design, consider other fixed materials such your house brick or render colour, gutter or roof colour and paver or concrete colours around the building. White and Black pebble choices such as Winter Grey, Tenterfield Pearl or Cream Quartz can offer a stark contrast with existing landscape design elements, or products such as Nambucca River Pebble can be very complimentary to many colour palettes. Are your decorative pebbles going to be a feature or blend in the existing landscape?
So how much do I need of decorative pebbles?
Whether you need decorative pebbles for a fish aquarium, a bonsai tree or to cover the whole back yard it can be done! You can purchase anywhere from one shovel to a full truckload …even two. At Centenary Landscaping Supplies in Darra, we have a dedicated yard team that are available to fill your trailer or shovel the stones into bags for you or the sales team can arrange a delivery at your convenience.
If you are unsure how to work out the quantity of decorative pebbles needed, call us or drop in with some measurements of the area and we will be able to work it out for you. Sometimes it’s just handy to get a second opinion and that’s what we do to make sure you are not left short or have way too much left over.
As a rough guide, if you are using the stones for a pathway we recommend that they are laid approx. 50mm deep which means that one cubic metre will cover 20 square metres (e.g. 10m x 2m). Also ask about our new product called Eco Hex gravel stabilization so your decorative pebbles don’t go all over the place when walked or driven on.
Okay, so you have the right quantity organised and your “friends” and adult kids are coming around to help. What else is there to consider? Perhaps the most important is the use of a Weed Mat underneath the pebbles. As well as preventing or minimising the growth of unwanted weeds through the pebbles, more importantly, the Weed Mat acts as a barrier between the valuable stones and the top soil or dirt underneath. What can happen without it is that the decorative pebbles are slowly pressed into the top soil and before too long the top soil starts to work its way to the surface making the path unsightly…. And in the end will have to be re-laid, a cost that is unnecessary. It’s important to use a porous Weed Mat material NOT simply black plastic as this won’t let water drain away and this can then start to smell or breed mosquitoes.
Depending on the situation, creating a defining edge for your pebbled area will also finish it off well and if it’s near a garden bed or grass it will also stop the top soil or grass from contaminating the pathway pebbles. A perfect product for this is our Link EdgeAluminium garden edging. Again, if measurements and quantities are not your area of expertise, give us a call to discuss how much edging you will need.