Monday, January 21, 2013


Pebbles are a very versatile material that can be used in both landscapes and buildings. The range of colours and sizes currently available means they are being used much more widely. They can provide a low maintenance surface and if used loose will drain extremely easily. Their great virtue is that they provide a wonderful seamless interface between the built element and the landscape itself.

The range of gravels, pebbles and cobbles available today is extensive. You can choose them in different colours to relate to your paving or house, in different sizes to suit their purpose, and matt or polished, whichever is preferred. The multitude of rocks and pebbles for sale have been taken from quarries and tumbled to give them the weatherworn look and shape they have. Safety issues should be considered in areas where children might be tempted to use them as projectiles. Rocks and pebbles should never be taken from the bush or river edges, because it is illegal and is an unsustainable practice. A 20-kg bag will cost around $50. Of course you will need a lot of 20-kg bags to pave a large surface. Large houses can be dominating in the landscape and can require bold expansive paving in the garden to balance the scale of the house and garden. Large decorative solutions can be very stunning and effective.

When using a variety of colours in a design, together with a patterned area and borders, it is important to use colour integration of the separate areas so that the overall design does not become confusing. Keeping the colour and design simple is usually the most effective for most designs. It is important that the colours and design of the paving works with the colours and style of the architecture. Often there is not enough thought given to putting the "floor" on the garden. It is not necessary to employ a designer. There are always parts of these large design ideas that can be adapted into simple and economical solutions that can give your garden good structure.

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