Choosing the Right Gravel & Chipping Size for Your Landscaping Project: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted on February 15 2024

When it comes to landscaping, choosing the right gravel size can make a significant difference in the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space. Whether you're working on a garden, driveway, or decorative gravel project, the size of the gravel you choose can impact everything from how easy it is to walk on to how well it complements your overall design.

Understanding Gravel Sizes

Traditionally, domestic aggregate sizes have been dictated by the availability of material from quarries, targeted and specified for the construction industry. As such, 10mm and 20mm aggregates have become commonplace. However, both sizes have their downsides.

10mm Aggregates

10mm aggregates are often used for decorative purposes and for pathways where a smoother finish is desired. They're also ideal for garden borders and between paving stones. However, they can be too small for driveways as they can easily get stuck in tyre treads.

20mm Aggregates

On the other hand, 20mm aggregates are typically used for driveways and other areas where vehicles may be driven or parked. They provide excellent drainage and are also suitable for garden borders. However, they can be too large for footpaths, creating a trip hazard or an uncomfortable texture when walked on.

Pebbles and Cobbles

Pebbles and cobbles are larger than aggregates and are often used for decorative purposes. They can be used to create rock gardens, water features, or as edging for paths and driveways. However, due to their size, they're not suitable for areas with heavy foot traffic.

The Versatility of 14mm Aggregates

14mm aggregates are gaining popularity in the UK and are already the most popular sized aggregate in Continental Europe. They can generally boast that ‘one size fits all’. They're large enough not to stick in your tyre tread yet small enough for regular footfall without creating a trip hazard or an uncomfortable texture.

This makes 14mm aggregates a versatile choice for various landscaping projects, including driveways, footpaths, and decorative gravel. We are currently working with our suppliers to ensure we have a 14mm option available across our range.

The Best All-Rounder

If you're looking for an all-rounder, 14mm aggregates are an excellent choice. They offer the perfect balance between the smaller 10mm and larger 20mm aggregates, making them suitable for a wide range of applications. Plus, to support our promotion of 14mm aggregates, we have launched a sale to showcase some of our most popular European imports with huge savings on 14mm Alpine Blue and 14mm Black Ice.

Choosing the right gravel size for your landscaping project can be a game-changer. Consider the purpose of your project, the amount of foot traffic, and the aesthetic you're aiming for when making your decision.