I need enough to cover approx 17 square metres.. Probably just want
standard golden gravel.
Any builders merchant can probably get you what you need. Is the gravel
going on soft ground? How deep are you going with it? How much of an angle
/ slope does the garden have on it, if any?
Get used to cats using your new gravel as a litter tray!
Find a local supplier who will drop you a lorry load on to the site
(assuming that's appropriate for your needs) - it's likely to be a lot
cheaper that way than buying it in those 1-ton jumbo bags, which is how
most builder's merchants provide it.
You get your money back on the hire of the bag.
(I think there is something to do with the integrity of the bag once it
has undergone the whole fill/deliver/use processes.)
Crap bags? We are charged 5 pounds for the hire of the bag, but it goes
back to get filled again and again. If it bursts on its way to the site,
that's their fault for handling it badly.
Don't think I have ever seen a returnable one in these parts (the
delivery drivers for some of the builders merchants will take them if
you offer, but there is no refund)
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Did mine a few years ago. Look under 'Aggregates' in YP rather than going
to one of the sheds. You are going to need about 1 to 1.5 tonne to give a
decent thickness - any less than about 30mm & it looks bare.
Go for 18mm gravel NOT 10mm pea shingle. 18mm tends to stay put, 10mm
wanders about all over the place. Stick a decent fabric under for weed
Dave - The Medway Handyman
Borrow a very heavy vehicle and use it as a roller to bed teh stuff
down. Whackers are not tht good on deeper gravel.
3-4" is optimal,over a bed of smacked limestone..
3 to 4" is impossible for things like childrens push chairs and
wheelchairs - it's also very hard walking. We had 18mm gravel at our
last place that I put down to cover over tatty tarmac - it was still
good after ten years. Here in the new place we have vast amounts of
10mm pea beach. It's a pain - gets stuck in the treads of shoes, ends
up in the house. I'd replace it, but there is amost a 1/3rd of an acre
of it so it would need a fleet of lorries.
> 3 to 4" is impossible for things like childrens push chairs and
> wheelchairs - it's also very hard walking. We had 18mm gravel at our
> last place that I put down to cover over tatty tarmac - it was still
> good after ten years. Here in the new place we have vast amounts of
> 10mm pea beach. It's a pain - gets stuck in the treads of shoes, ends
> up in the house. I'd replace it, but there is amost a 1/3rd of an acre
> of it so it would need a fleet of lorries.
There's also the option of granite chips. The chips bed down and lock into
place. We've got 20 tons of the stuff on a slightly sloping drive - it's
been there seven years. For the first time in that period, we've just raked
it back to pull back the slight downhill drift (produced, I suspect by cars
swinging rather quickly across it) to an even thickness.
It's OK for bikes, pushchairs etc but, apparently, hard going in stilettos.
ISTR that we spec'd 30-15mm.
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Isn't it H&S? Once the bag has been used, left on site and then returned to
the builders' merchant no one knows how much its safe working limits have
I've never seen a returnable one either.
Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case! We only ever get
points for JS' *own* bags being recycled - not when we use 'foreign'