HOW DO I ENSURE A STABLE AND TRACK-FREE GRAVEL PATH?

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HOW DO I ENSURE A STABLE AND TRACK-FREE GRAVEL PATH?

Do you suffer from potholes or ruts in your gravel? Are you also tired of sinking every time? Then gravel plates / split plates (also called gravel mats) are really something for you!

STABLE, FLAT AND NO WEEDS

The gravel or split is again walkable, stable and even. Plus, you can outsmart your weeds with the accompanying anti-root cloth. It can be used for all kinds of surfaces, from gardens and grounds.
The maintenance of this semi-paved form is particularly maintenance-friendly. Much depends on the construction and how you deal with it during the year.
If the gravel, grit and the shells remain clean, or if no soil particles come between the stone particles, no weeds can germinate.
The anti-root cloth, which is attached to the underside of the plates, already ensures that there is no mixing with the substrate. If no soil is subsequently spilled and no soil is washed in from the borders with rainwater, the gravel strip will in principle remain clean.

EXTRA WORK IF YOU DON’T USE GRAVEL PLATES

You can also make a ground plane or garden without gravel plates. You then only work with anti-root cloth that you place on the ground or sand. Apply a layer (3cm) of gravel to the cloth. During the year, dust is blown between the gravel or soil is washed up. Weed seeds that swirl from above will germinate on this breeding ground. Keeping the cloth clean is our motto. Shifting the gravel bit by bit once a year and sweeping away the dust or soil underneath ensures that weeds never have a real chance. If a subsidence occurs anywhere you can simply add some loose material or rake the existing gravel to the hole with a rake. Raking the gravel or split once a year also prevents moss or algae from growing. But of course you can also opt for gravel plates, split plates (gravel mats).

FIRSTLY, IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GRAVEL SLABS AND SPLIT SLABS

There is an essential difference between gravel and split. Gravel is round-shaped pebbles and split is broken pieces of natural stone. Gravel is therefore softer on your feet. Split can be sharp. It doesn’t matter to the plates. They are suitable for filling with gravel as well as with split. There is therefore no difference between gravel and split plates.

WHAT ARE GRAVEL SLABS?

Gravel plates are specially made to create an even and track-free gravel surface, by using them you no longer suffer from rutting and puddles and the gravel or split remains better. The root cloth on the underside protects against weed growth from below. The perfect all-in-one solution for small ornamental gardens as well as for large parking lots, golf courses and campsites. They are plastic sheets which are cast in a honeycomb profile. The gravel or split is fixed in the plates and can therefore hardly roll or shift. This keeps your driveway with gravel or split looking perfectly cared for, without traces! In addition, you get extra stability, so that you can effortlessly drive over the gravel slabs with your bicycle and wheelchair, but also with cars or trucks. A gravel path with plastic sheets against the facade or under glass doors remains clean, the water does not splash and you can put a staircase on it very stably. Gravel slabs can withstand high loads and are also ideal for the construction of a driveway or parking lot, etc. Laying gravel slabs is very easy and can be done by any do-it-yourselfer. The thickness of the gravel plate determines the thickness of the gravel layer. You can camouflage the structure of the plates with some extra gravel. Laying it thinner will make the gravel slabs visible, with a thicker laying you will no longer see the slabs. Laying gravel plates is very easy and can be done by any do-it-yourselfer. The thickness of the gravel plate determines the thickness of the gravel layer. You can camouflage the structure of the plates with some extra gravel. Laying it thinner will make the gravel slabs visible, with a thicker laying you will no longer see the slabs. Laying gravel plates is very easy and can be done by any do-it-yourselfer. The thickness of the gravel plate determines the thickness of the gravel layer. You can camouflage the structure of the plates with some extra gravel. Laying it thinner will make the gravel slabs visible, with a thicker laying you will no longer see the slabs.

HOW DO YOU LAY A STABLE AND TRACK-FREE GRAVEL PATH?

  1. Start with the foundation
    Start with the construction of a foundation/underlayment. For ornamental applications (ie without being loaded with cars) , a vibrated sand bed can suffice as a bottom layer. For heavier loads (cars, etc.) a foundation of eg broken rubble (mixed granulate) is necessary. The best grain distribution for this is 0/16, 0/32 or 0/40 mm. The required layer thickness for medium loads is 25 cm, for light loads 15-20 cm will suffice. 40 cm is recommended for very heavy loads. You always vibrate the foundation layer firmly.
  2. Finish the foundation with a leveling layer
    It is recommended to finish the foundation with a leveling layer (3-5 cm) , so that a nice flat surface is obtained. This can be done with crusher sand, lava or other fine materials (think of 0/2 or 0/4 mm) . This layer also needs to be vibrated. Important: Apply edge closures, so that the whole is enclosed on all sides and the gravel will later remain firmly fixed in the plates.
  3. Laying the gravel
    slabs You now place the slabs, in stretcher bond, on the leveling layer. A coupling system is unnecessary, the plates can be placed directly together. The overlapping root cloth at the edges keeps things together. Ground pegs or the like are also not necessary, unless you place the whole on a slope (max. 15%) . At the edges (or for recesses) , you can conveniently saw the plates to size with a handsaw. Important: Always leave a space/joint of 2 cm between the edge closure and the panels. This way you avoid possible damage due to expansion and contraction due to temperature difference.
  4. Fill the gravel slabs with gravel or split
    This is the simplest part, the gravel or can simply be sprinkled or poured into the slabs. If the plate is 5 cm, the layer thickness is 5 to 6 cm, so 1m3 of gravel or split is required per 20 m². Rake the gravel well throughout, so that all plates are completely filled. Make sure you have something extra to touch up later, as the gravel will always be hit a bit. Note: Loading the slabs without gravel filling is not recommended.

You can also watch it in this video:

WHAT KIND OF GRAVEL OR SPLIT IS BEST TO USE FOR THE SPLIT PLATES?

There are several factors that count, namely stone type (hardness) , shape and size.

  • Stone type: All types are suitable for ornamental applications. If it is heavily loaded, choose a species that is sufficiently hard (to prevent crushing/breaking).
  • Shape: Both gravel (round) and split (angular) are suitable. Just choose what you like best! Keep in mind that split is sharper. Especially if you walk barefoot.
  • Size: The minimum size is 5 mm. The maximum size is 20 mm. With small stones, the application looks flatter, especially if you use the same material for scattering

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF BERA GRAVEL SLABS?

In Appeltern we work with Bera gravel slabs. We are convinced that the Bera gravel slabs are the best. Do you know why you should also choose gravel plates?

  • Weed-resistant: The high-quality anti-root cloth protects against weed growth from below;
  • Very strong: The skid plates are suitable for very heavy loads;
  • Water-permeable: The gravel plates and the root cloth are water-permeable;
  • Quick to process: Easy to cut to size and an underlayer of anti-root cloth is already integrated;
  • Easy to lay: The split plates are very easy to put together;
  • Good recyclability: The anti-root cloth is applied by means of a glueless connection and is made of the same plastic as the split plate.

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