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Gravel has always been a great way to surface garden paths and walkways. Not only is gravel relatively affordable it is also fast to lay.
Coming in a vast array of size grades, materials and colours there is a gravel to suit any style. The most challenging decision is choosing the best garden edging to retain a gravel path.
The best edging for gravel paths is those which retain the gravel aggregate efficiently. This means preventing as much gravel from being kicked and walked across adjacent surfaces as possible.
Below I have identified 6 of the most effective and popular edging materials for gravel paths.
Granite setts have always been a favourite edging and surfacing material for gardens. This is because they are extremely aesthetic and hard wearing.
When based on a sturdy foundation and laid on mortar they create an extremely robust edging. This makes them perfect for retaining gravel within pathways.
Bricks are a hard wearing and aesthetically pleasing building material. It is no surprise that bricks have found themselves everywhere within the built environment.
Bricks are made by firing clay at extremely hot temperatures. Their natural colouration means colours do not fade over time.
When laid on edge, bricks form the perfect retaining edge to gravel paths.
Like bricks block paving is another effective material for edging gravel paths. As blocks are manufactured from concrete they come in a huge variety of shapes and styles.
Blocks can also be easily cut to accommodate organic curves and shapes. These can be based with compactable hardcore and laid straight onto mortar.
Path edging kerbs
If you want a straight and uniform edging to a gravel path edging kerbs are perfect. These come in a variety of colours and forms from standard flat tops to Victorian rope tops.
These edging kerbs are perfect for path edgings for gravel within lawns or bordering flowerbeds.
If you want a path edging which is fast to install you may want to use gravel boards. Timber gravel boards are actually designed to separate fencing from the soil.
However these treated timbers also make great retaining edging for gravel paths. Boards are flexible and can be set to curves and fixed tightly to timber pegs.
Flexible metal edging
If you want a contemporary edging for a gravel path, flexible metal edging is a good choice.
These thin but robust edgings are very effective at creating both straight and curved pathways.
If you want a path edging which is almost invisible to the naked eye it’s a great option. One of the best flexible metal edging brands on the market is Core edge.
Thank you for reading our article on the best edging for a gravel path. Below I have lined to some other articles you may find relevant. If you require edging installation do not hesitate to contact us. Our landscaping and garden edging services include most of Buckinghamshire including:
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