Crushed Rock For Landscaping And Driveways
Quarries in Australia extract a range of materials that are vital raw ingredients for use in the construction industry. The most common of these are aggregates such as sand, gravel, and rock. Crushed rock has many uses in the construction industry but it is also widely used in landscaping as a foundation in paving blocks and concreting to build retaining walls, patios, and walkways among others. Because the end product is not naturally formed but made by crushing the rock in machines it can be produced in many different sizes and colours, depending on the application.
Crushed Rock for Landscaping and Gardening Applications
Whether are a professional landscaper or a DIY weekender, you can rely on the large range of quality supplies we stock and our expertise in all areas of landscaping to help you get the job done promptly and efficiently. We stock a variety of crushed rock options to support any landscaping project. Crushed rock is suitable as a topping for driveways and paths and also for a variety of other landscape applications.
Crushed Rock is the Material of Choice for Driveways
When it comes to aesthetics, the driveway is often the first thing that people notice about your property which is why it is so important to choose the right materials and design to make a good impression. One of the most popular material choices for driveway installations is crushed rock as it creates an attractive, practical, and affordable solution for a stylish driveway.
The Advantages of Using Crushed Rock for a Driveway
Easy to Install
Whether professionally installed or DIY, a crushed rock driveway is fast and easy to install in a short period of time depending on the size of the project.
Whereas other driveway materials such as asphalt and concrete need time to dry and cure, crushed rock can be used as soon as the project has been completed.
Over time a crushed driveway may need a top-up, however, it usually only requires an occasional raking and maybe weeding to keep it in top condition. Unlike concrete, there is no risk of cracking that can become so unsightly that it may require resurfacing.
Depending on the aggregate used, crushed rock is an affordable option. Local supplies are usually more affordable, however, stones sourced from further afield may provide a greater variety for visual appeal.
There is practically no limit to the design and layout you can choose for your driveway as crushed rock can be uniquely poured in any shape you desire.
Complements Most House Styles
Although a crushed driveway is often associated more with a rural setting, because of the options of colour and shape it can be designed to fit in beautifully with any style of architecture from cottage to contemporary.
Laying a Crushed Rock Driveway
A crushed rock driveway commonly contains raw materials like sand, clay, silt, and loose aggregates like small stones and pebbles that can vary in colour and size. It is commonly surrounded by some type of border that consists of wood, concrete, or other material to keep it contained. The soil is first compacted before a sheet of landscaping fabric is applied. Edging strips of timber or concrete are installed to stop the material from moving and to provide a neat appearance. Next, a layer of larger crushed rock is poured in as a base followed by a second layer of slightly smaller-sized stones. The final topping consists of your choice of colour and size of crushed stone that is raked evenly for a level appearance.