Gravel stabilizers help keep loose gravel in place to create long and durable bases for pathways, walkways, driveways, and patios. Choosing the best stone for a gravel stabilizer grid system involves more than just aesthetics. When planning your gravel stabilizer grid, consider the available gravel types and the best gravel composition for your project. Let's look at the most popular types of stone used with gravel stabilizers and their benefits.
Decomposed granite is popular because it compacts well and provides excellent drainage. Not to mention, it's relatively easy to install. Decomposed granite also comes in a natural blend of colors that can blend with any landscape design scheme.
Limestone chips offer excellent drainage and stability as a gravel choice. It also comes in a broad spectrum of colors, from gray to yellow. A unique binding property of limestone is that its dust particles act like a water-soluble binder that creates a strong surface as gravel stabilizers are installed. While this isn't an issue during the moist winter and spring, dust control products may be necessary during dry summer months to minimize dust particles.
Crushed granite is similar to decomposed granite but isn't pounded as finely as decomposed granite. It provides a long-lasting and stable gravel stabilizer base, which is great for driveways and paths. The only downside is that due to the jagged edges of the stones, it may not be the best option for play areas.
Pea gravel has a smooth texture and is often used in gravel stabilizers for walkways and paths. Its rounded edges are perfect for walkways and play areas, but it can be less stable than other gravel options. It has a light color that reflects heat, making it the perfect choice for hot climates.
What Is The Best Stone for Your Gravel Stabilizer?
Ultimately, choosing the best stone depends on the purpose of the project and your budget. The suitable stone for gravel stabilizers should offer stability and drainage and create a solid gravel base.
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