Adding a decorative touch to your landscape can sometimes be challenging, especially when you also need functional decorative additions. When you need to make sure your decorative additions also play a functional role in your landscape, you should know that various types of aggregate can work great. Check out how you can use aggregate in your landscape design.
Turn A Retainer Wall Into A Colorful Masterpiece
Your landscape may have more than one area that requires a retailer wall. If you have considered traditional materials like concrete blocks or brick, you might think about using aggregate and colorful pebbles for creating a wall that is beautiful and unusual. Using gabion baskets filled with colorful pebbles and stacking them in place of brick or block is a good way to increase the decorative appeal of a retainer wall. The good thing about using gabion baskets filled with pebbles is you have enough drainage to prevent pooling at the top edge of your wall.
Turn Your Landscape Into Your Favorite Retreat
If you have a special place you like to visit in the world, you may have considered re-creating a part of that place in your home's landscape. For example, you may love the beach. You can create small beach in your backyard using gravel and sand.
Once you choose a place to create your beach, remove all the grass or other vegetation in it. Using a rake or hoe, excavate the area by turning over the top layer of soil. Cover the excavated area with gravel for creating the base of your beach, including dunes if you like. Once you have the gravel spread out evenly, spray over it with water and let it set overnight. The gravel acts as a drainage and support system for sand.
The next day, choose areas in your gravel for pots filled with potting soil for plants like grasses you would find at your favorite beach. Once you have your plants in place, pour layers of sand over the gravels area until it is thick enough to walk on bare-footed without feeling the gravel underneath. You can also add other aggregate materials for additional decoration to your beach area like larger smooth rocks.
When choosing from various aggregate materials for your landscaping needs, remember to think about how each one could also serve a functional purpose as well. By doing so, you can create a landscape that is free from pipes, blocks and other unnatural additions for the functionality your design needs. For more information, contact a company like Hanson Aggregates.