When you think of using granite in a renovation project, it’s quite normal to think of granite countertops, granite surrounds, and maybe even granite flooring. But what about granite for an outdoor landscaping project? Did you know there are crushed granite and sand mixtures that can be used for the perfect pathway material? Let’s take a closer look.
What is a Crushed Granite Mixture?
Did you know that decomposed granite is a natural material that occurs after millions of years? What happens is that the granite becomes compressed, which then breaks it down. It turns into a mixture of gravel and sand that can be used on outdoor pathways. This type of mixture is screened to size, which means you can get a customized look that may be difficult to achieve with other materials.
Some additional benefits about this mixture are that it is environmentally safe and organic, making it a popular choice for pathways to playgrounds. Ideally, you want to use this kind of mixture on such things as a garden path, a dog run, your driveway, and walkways that don’t get a ton of traffic.
What Colors are Available?
Just like with the traditional granite slabs, you can expect to find all different color combinations available. Whether you are going for something soft and neutral or bold and eye-catching, you’ll be able to find what works with your landscape design.
Is This a DIY Project?
If you’ve been conscious of budget and are choosing projects you can do on your own, you’ll be pleased to know that this is the kind of pathway you could tackle without professional help. Much of the work involved is in the preparation stage.
You’ll want to be sure the area is well compacted and is sub-grade. Make sure you’ve gotten rid of all the weeds along the pathway – a weed barrier screen can also be helpful. If you want to add edging, you can, but it’s not necessary. Then you are ready to lay and spread the mixture, finishing it off with a spray of water from the hose, and then compact it again.
As for the additional benefits, there are a still a number. Many find this material to be a very cost-effective solution to their landscaping project. It can provide a natural look that other, more traditional materials, can’t achieve. It keeps the amount of dust down and is excellent for drainage. It also acts as a wonderful alternative to mulch.
It should be noted that this kind of pathway will stick to the bottom of your shoes, so it may not be best as a transition area in front of a doorway from the outside to the inside.
Worth Looking At
Before you settle on a traditional pathway material, you may want to look at decomposed, crushed granite. It offers a number of great benefits, all while looking extremely professional and attractive.