I'm re-doing my fronty garden and I need to find a cheap supplier of
gravel/aggregate. Any ideas where might be cheapest?
I need enough to cover approx 17 square metres.. Probably just want
standard golden gravel.
Find a local supplier who will drop you a lorry load on to the site
(assuming that's appropriate for your needs) - it's likely to be a lot
cheaper that way than buying it in those 1-ton jumbo bags, which is how
most builder's merchants provide it.
When we laid our gravel drive (actually, gravel over tarmac) about 10 years ago,
the bags (from Gibbs & Dandy) were returnable and had a deposit that made it
worthwhile to do so. When we topped off the gravel (for the first time) a few
weeks ago, and constructed a gravel garden, the bags (from G&D and Buildbase)
were not returnable. They appear to be identical to the returnable ones, so I
guess the H&S excuse is reasonable. Seems like a terrible waste, all the same.
"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose
happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others." - Thomas Jefferson
Did mine a few years ago. Look under 'Aggregates' in YP rather than going
to one of the sheds. You are going to need about 1 to 1.5 tonne to give a
decent thickness - any less than about 30mm & it looks bare.
Go for 18mm gravel NOT 10mm pea shingle. 18mm tends to stay put, 10mm
wanders about all over the place. Stick a decent fabric under for weed
Dave - The Medway Handyman
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