A Gravel driveway or garden is in many ways much more beneficial than concrete, it’s more cost-effective, it’s free draining to avoid flooding and it’s a much more natural way of designing your outdoor space. The problem with gravel has always been the issue of accessibility as the loose stones tend to give too much under foot and make it challenging to walk on, however there is a solution to this. A Reinforced Gravel Grid is a simple way of making your driveway, pavement or lawn more stable and steady so that you can walk, wheel or even play in your garden more easily.
When asking yourself why you should use a product such as EcoGrid you should consider the following benefits. An enforced gravel surface is a much more durable and long-lived solution to accessible drive-ways as it won’t develop pot holes or ruts and it’s free draining nature means no puddles or flooding and no expensive drainage work. It’s perfect for sloped surfaces or intricate designs as the grids keep the gravel from spilling out of it’s designated space and once laid down the grids are completely hidden makings them invisible under the gravel or lawn. And finally in addition to being load-bearing, making them able to withstand HGV, they are easy to walk, cycle, wheel or drive on.
As to why you should use EcoGrid in particular their product is made from specially selected recycled plastics making it a more environmentally friendly as well as good quality for all your reinforcing needs. EcoGrid is the worlds no. 1 Permeable Paving and could be ideal for your garden, follow the link to their website to find out more or feel free to enquire about the product or the installation process via our contact page as iLandscapers are an approved EcoGrid installers.
New houses seem to be getting bigger and new gardens are getting smaller.
Whilst there are still any number of exciting things you can do with a small garden the humble Patio is still quite popular.
The Patio is by definition ‘an inner court open to the sky’ and was originally developed by Arab conquerors of Spain.
The original concept of a central courtyard around which windows of family rooms were positioned seems a much more romantic prospect than the few ‘hard slabs’ we often refer to as the modern day Patio.
However a little thought and clever planting can bring your ‘alfresco’ dining area to life.
Consider first where you would like to sit – the Patio does not necessarily need to be an extension of the house, in fact some of my best Patios have been carefully positioned in the sunnier parts of the garden with winding pathways leading up to them.
Alternatively you could loose the lawn and your entire garden could be transformed into an ‘outdoor room’.
Whether your main hard standing area is made up of slabs, gravel, decking or tiles plants can soften the edges – make space in the plan for ‘planting pockets’ or select a range of eye catching containers either placed singly or in groups.
Water too can bring an area alive and these days there are any number of features available, from simple barrel ponds to more modern stainless steel water sculptures.
Finally lighting can radically change the whole mood of your Patio with the flick of a switch the garden can be changed from tranquil to striking – try up lighting sculptural plants like Cordylines and Phomiums for a dramatic night time effect.
Remember to use your imagination you’d be amazed at what you can create when you let your imagination run wild!