Choose the Right Sand and Gravel for Your Home Project
Sand and gravel come in a variety of sizes, colours, and types to meet many home project needs.
When it comes to your landscaping projects, you can choose sand and gravel colours to match your landscape and outdoor home décor, but what’s most important is the sand and gravel’s function. The textures, sizes, and types of sand and gravel will determine the best performance for specific projects. Ottawa sand and gravel experts can help you decide which types are best for you and your home project needs.
Comfort is an important factor for designing walkways at home people don’t want to walk on sharp stones, especially when barefoot or in flip flops. Finer sand and smaller gravel are softer. Look for sand or gravel that is ¼ inch or smaller in diameter, with a smooth texture and rounded edges to make sure you, your family, and your guests can walk in comfort.
Driveways can be made with crushed gravel and utility sand in concrete mix, or gravel laid as is. When using gravel, it is recommended to layer gravel stones in three layers, with the largest on the bottom (3-4 inches in diameter), medium in the middle (2-3 inches in diameter), and crushed gravel on the top (3/8 inch in diameter).
Crushed base gravel or mason sand are commonly used under patio bricks and stones because these fine materials compact well and provide a secure base.
Gravel and sand are used as filler in paths, borders for flower gardens, walkways in gardens, and more. They are also available in a variety of sizes and colours to meet your landscaping needs.
House drain pipes, embankments, and the bottom of hills are common areas for soil erosion. Gravel and sand are used to prevent soil erosion in landscapes. By filling the eroding areas with gravel, utility, or fill sand, the soil will become compacted, sturdy, and secure.
Flowerbeds and Trees
Gravel is a good alternative to mulch for gardening because it is sturdy and it prevents water from evaporating from the soil, especially on hot sunny days. Although smooth gravel is more decorative, rough gravel is more stable. Try all-purpose gravel, 3/8 inch in diameter.
Rock gardens can use any sand or size of gravel stones. Smooth gravel, especially river rock, will look especially nice in a rock garden.
For proper drainage for flowers, place gravel in the soil at the bottom of flower pots. Homes without gutters can use drip edges made from crushed stone to prevent mud from splashing up onto the side of the house when there is storm water runoff. Crushed stone is also used for drainage behind retaining walls—¾ inch is most common, but you can also use 1 ½ inch. Crushed granite is another popular choice, especially for drip edges, because of its nice appearance.