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  • Paving Around a Swimming Pool

    Posted on April 24, 2012 by Simply Paving

    Considerations

    Swimming pools - we'd all like one but if you're lucky enough to have one or if you're considering installing one, you'll want to make sure that you can make the best use of it possible when we have some good weather.

    One of the most important considerations for making the most of your swimming pool is what paving to use around it. You need to make sure that the paving is going to be suitable for all the activities you're planning for your poolside, whether that be sunbathing, entertaining or fun and games with the family.

    If slip-resistant properties are an important factor, our textured products such as Bradstone Textured Paving or StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving Textured may be top of your list. However, just be careful if you're planning on using this type of paving as it will have quite a rough finish for bare feet, especially if children are running around.

    Bradstone Textured Paving

    If you're looking to recreate the look and feel of the Mediterranean, why not use Bradstone Tile Paving to evoke all the spirit, charm and warmth. With this product, you'll be back poolside at the villa without even boarding a plane!

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Tile Paving Mellow Terracotta

    If natural products are more appealing to you, why not try something ultra contemporary such as the StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving. This product uses 500mm x 500mm sized slab with a grooved design to give a very modern feel.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving

    Precautions and Aftercare

    If concrete or natural stone flags are splashed with chlorinated water, they are liable to develop white crystalline marks as the water evaporates; this is not damaging and can be easily removed with clean water.

    However, concrete paving, and to a lesser extent, natural stone paving can be structurally damaged if exposed to chlorinated water in periods of freezing temperatures. As swimming pools are generally not used in such conditions, this is rarely an issue.

    Where can I get more advice?

    Bradstone flags have been recommended as pool surrounds many times, if you would like further guidance please give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or call the Bradstone helpline on 01335 372 289.


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  • Bradstone Old Riven Paving

    Posted on June 28, 2011 by Simply Paving

    A paving solution that's as cost effective as it is good looking.

    Cut down on costs without cutting down on style. Bradstone Old Riven Paving may represent a more economical solution for your garden, but it certainly doesn't mean it won't give you a beautiful looking patio or garden feature.

    On the contrary, the quality look and feel of Bradstone Old Riven Paving, along with a choice of five attractive shades, in six sizes and circle options, belie its inexpensive price tag.

    Although the Bradstone Old Riven range already recreates the look and feel of natural stone superbly, why not cleverly combine the Autumn Gold, Autumn Bronze and Autumn Cotswold shades to further enhance the illusion, whilst, also taking advantage of the different sizes available to ensure that perfectly random effect.

    So, how do I achieve this random natural effect?

    Bradstone Old Riven Paving in three colours and three sizes (Autumn Gold, Autumn Bronze and Autumn Cotswold).

    One of the more frequent requests we receive in the Simply Paving office with regard to the Old Riven range, is to calculate the quantities required to lay this product in three colours and three sizes. Below is a guide demonstrating how the Simply Paving team would work this out for you.

    1. Firstly, you will need to work out the area (in square metres) that you need to cover, which is generally a relatively simple calculation; multiply the length of the area you're looking cover by the width.

    For example, if you're looking to pave a garden 5.00m long x 6.00m wide, the total area you will need to cover is 30.00m2.

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    2. Secondly, you will need to calculate the number of each size you require to cover your total area. To do this, you must first work out the total area each size covers:

    600x450 - 3.60 units per m2 - therefore each slab covers 0.278m2 (1.00m2 / 3.60 per m2 = 0.278m2)

    450x450 - 4.70 units per m2 - therefore each slab covers 0.213m2 (1.00m2 / 4.70 per m2= 0.213m2)

    300x450 - 7.00 units per m2 - therefore each slab covers 0.143m2 (1.00m2 / 7.00 per m2 = 0.143m2)

    Then, add these together to find the total coverage that using one of each of these sizes will give you:

    0.278m2 + 0.213m2 + 0.143m2 = 0.634m2

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    3. Now you know the area that you need to cover and you also know the area that one of each size covers, you can calculate the total number of each size you require. To do this, divide your area by the area that the three sizes will cover:

    30.00m2 / 0.634m2 = 47.32 units of each size

    Therefore, you will require:

    48 units 600x450

    48 units 450x450

    48 units 300x450

    You can check your calculations at this stage by multiplying the area that one of each size covers by the number of each size you have been given:

    0.634m2 x 48 units of each size = 30.43m2

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    4. If you wish, you can leave it here and only opt for one colour in the Old Riven range (i.e. 48 of each of the three sizes in a single colour), alternatively, if you do wish to go for the three colours, simply divide your total number of slabs in each size by 3:

    48 units / 3 = 16 units 600x450 Autumn Gold, 16 units 600x450 Autumn Bronze and 16 units 600x450 Autumn Cotswold

    48 units / 3 = 16 units 450x450 Autumn Gold, 16 units 450x450 Autumn Bronze and 16 units 450x450 Autumn Cotswold

    48 units / 3 = 16 units 300x450 Autumn Gold, 16 units 300x450 Autumn Bronze and 16 units 300x450 Autumn Cotswold

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    Hopefully that wasn't too confusing!

    Now you have the quantities that you require, you can simply order the product online @ http://simplypaving.com or by calling the office on 0800 032 6306.

    One last hint, before you go ahead and permanently fix the product in place, it may be advisable that you dry-lay the mix of colours and sizes in order to achieve a natural, blended appearance that is pleasing to the eye.

    What about a circle?

    For that finishing touch, why not try incorporating the 2 Ring Circle feature into your design, available in all 5 colours with matching squaring off kits to allow for easy installation.

    Bradstone Old Riven Paving Autumn Silver 2 Ring Circle edged with Bradstone Tile Paving Blue Black

    If you do require any help, please do not hesitate to give the Simply Paving office a call on the above number or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Bradstone Patio Generator

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Simply Paving

    The stunning garden you've always dreamt of owning is closer than you think.

    Along with our friends at Bradstone, Simply Paving understand it's not easy putting a garden design together, there's a whole host of considerations including the style of garden you're looking for, the planting choices, colour schemes, textures and features. Hardly surprising that sometimes, you just don't know where to start.

    Hopefully, the Create the feel... series has helped inspire you and point you in the right direction in terms of identifying your ideal paving product, now you may need some help determining what sizes and patterns can be used.

    Many of the products on our website are available in patio packs with set laying patterns, but you may feel you want more control over your design. If this is the case, why not try using Bradstone's free Patio Generator software? This handy little program will provide you with a laying pattern to match the shape of your garden and also calculate the number of each size you require.

    Click image to download the Bradstone Patio Generator.

    Once you have a design you're happy with, you can save or print your pattern and quantities and then either purchase the product from our website or call the office on 0800 032 6306.

    Simply Paving can usually deliver Bradstone products nationwide in less than 7 days (typically 3-5 days).

    Bradstone Patio Generator using three sizes of the Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold.

    If you require any further information, just drop us an email or give us a call on 0800 032 6306.


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  • Create the feel... first impressions.

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Simply Paving

    First impressions are important.

    What better way to create the perfect outward impression than with a strikingly attractive and exceptionally distinctive driveway at the front of your house. Block paving not only gives your driveway a touch of class and your house real kerb appeal, it also represents an extremely practical and durable solution that will continue to look good though the years.

    With Bradstone’s help, let Simply Paving show you how.

    • Bradstone Traditional Block Paving evokes the spirit and charm of times gone by incorporating subtle shading and cobbled effect.
    • Products such as the Bradstone Magnablock Block Paving are incredibly versatile and hard wearing. Suitable for paths and patios as well as driveways.
    • Bradstone Infilta Block Paving, the answer to legislation on permeable driveways. This product allows rainwater to filter though gaps between the blocks into a stone sub-base below, where there is enough space to store the water for a short time. This water then either soaks into the ground, is discharged in a controlled manner to a surface water drainage system or is collected for re-use.
    • Bradstone Monksbridge Block Paving in Croft is a distinctive block paving solution, ideal if you're looking to give your driveway a predominantly traditional and rustic feel. With its range of subtle hues and charming weather worn appearance, it looks every inch the product of a different era.
    • Decorative aggregates are an easy to use, economical, permeable driveway solution.
    • It's not just about block paving as shown in the parking area using decorative aggregates divided by a StoneFlair by Bradstone Honeymede pathway.
    • Bradstone Driveway Block Paving provides just as handsome a solution for patios and paths as it does for drives.
    • Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Block Paving is a charming cobble-type paving that exhibits a softer surface and also incorporates smooth rounded edges, enhancing the weathered appearance and slightly mottled effect.
    • The environmental alternative, Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving is a 50% recycled concrete product that looks just like natural sandstone. It also comes pre-treated with Bradstone Surface Protection guarding against everyday contaminants such as oil, grease, moss, bird droppings, wine and soft drinks to ease cleaning when used on drives and patios.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Small on space, big on possibilities.

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Simply Paving

    No matter how small the garden, there's always room for a little imagination.

    Whether you want to create a usable garden space in a small area or simply want a garden that looks great from your window, trust Bradstone with its wealth of beautiful landscaping products to help fire your creativity and bring out the designer in you. Make the most of every nook and cranny and turn all the negatives of a limited garden area into positives.

    Don't let the challenge of a small garden area put you off. With help from Bradstone and Simply Paving you can still create a wonderful garden design full of interest and impact.

    Here are Bradstone’s top tips for making the most of your small garden space.

    • Planning is key. With space at such a premium, you've got to think more carefully than ever about what goes where.
    • Remember to let the purpose dictate the design. For instance, if your garden's for entertaining you'll have to fit seating in somewhere.
    • Add a sense of depth. Build raised beds and borders that can also be a space saving way of incorporating seating.
    • Mix dark coloured plants with bright coloured blooms. These add both depth and visual appeal.
    • Avoid small trees that constantly shed foliage or seeds. This way sweeping up won't become a daily task.
    • Have you got room for containers? Big planters and pots can look fantastic in small gardens and are great for adding focal points.
    • Add the impression of more space. Make paving run lengthways for a longer looking garden, while mirrors also deceive the eye and add light.
    • Link the garden to your house. Do this with paving that echoes the brickwork or internal flooring, blurring the divide between inside and out.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Create the feel... cottage garden.

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Simply Paving

    Fancy recalling the charm of yesteryear with a beautiful cottage garden?

    You don't have to live in a cottage to create your own cottage garden paradise. You don't even have to live in the country. In fact, you can create a cottage garden just about anywhere, because cottage gardens are all about achieving an informal style and design, where dense planting and traditional materials combine to make the most of what are normally quite small garden spaces.

    Courtesy of Bradstone, Simply Paving have everything you need to help you turn your cottage garden dream into a stunning reality.

    Here are Bradstone’s top tips to help you achieve that classic country garden look.

    • Remember, with cottage gardens, the plan is... there is no plan. The more haphazard the planting the better. Messy is in.
    • Create the frame. Enclose your garden with the archetypal picket fence look - or what about a Bradstone wall draped in clematis?
    • Evoke the spirit of the past. Choose popular traditional plants such as foxgloves and snapdragons, pansies and columbines.
    • Say hello to the edible landscape. Eating what you grow is all the rage and traditionally, cottage gardens were a practical source of food and herbs.
    • Use rockery stone or different edging styles. These are a great way to prevent grass from spilling over into your planting and add real visual interest.
    • Do away with the lawn altogether. Focus instead on creating a jumbled look, a chaotic profusion of plants; add a Bradstone path or stepping stones to wind through the planting.

    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Tuscany Paving works in both contemporary and traditional settings.
    • Choose plants with a traditional theme, such as box privet.
    • Geraniums come in many colours and are great as bedding plants and equally at home in planters.
    • Decorative aggregates complete the look and give texture and definition at the edges of paved areas.
    • Decorative aggregates encourage the growth of rockery plants.
    • The right complementary edging will always create the ideal finish to all paving.
    • Imperata Cylindrica (Red Barron) is quite spectacular and can be grown in containers.
    • Using accessories that complement the colours of plants will create a more coordinated look to your garden.
    • The traditional StoneFlair by Bradstone Bamburgh Mill Star circle feature kit can be used as a stunning centrepiece.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.

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  • Relax in peace, entertain in style.

    Posted on March 30, 2011 by Simply Paving

    Create the perfect place to escape to after a long hard day.

    A place of peace and tranquility where you forget the cares of the day, relax and recharge the batteries. A garden that's the perfect calming influence for busy lives. Or, equally a place where you can entertain and socialise with friends too.

    With Bradstone’s help, Simply Paving can help create a place that's as ideal for garden furniture and the barbecue as it is for plants and pots.

    • Bradstone Log Sleepers create a stunning patio area, ideal for outdoor dining.
    • Contrasts of the smooth Bradstone Scottish Cobbles against the angular StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving helps soften edges and gives a polished finish to your design.
    • As with virtually all of the natural products we supply, Bradstone Natural Limestone Paving Azure can be used inside as well as out.
    • All kinds of planting can look great in your garden but grasses create instant height and are low maintenance.
    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Chelsea Cobble gives an instant organic feel to a patio area.
    • Using tall feature planting such as bay trees is great for framing your design and they create superb impact.
    • Leaving sections of your patio unpaved for planting and rockeries creates softer areas that break up large flat areas.
    • Outdoor spaces always look great when the style of furniture, features and planting complement their surroundings.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Create the feel... urban garden.

    Posted on March 30, 2011 by Simply Paving

    So, you want to create the perfect urban garden?

    With the world around us moving at such a pace and city life more frenetic than ever, create a little urban sanctuary to escape to in your own garden. Don't let limited space limit your ambitions. With thanks to Bradstone, Simply Paving can offer an array of paving solutions that can help you create a little perfect piece of paradise, your own outdoor safe haven, no matter how tight the dimensions.

    With Bradstone's help, we can help you create a tranquil and welcome sanctuary you can escape to from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    Here are Bradstone's top tips to set you on your way to the urban garden you've always wanted.

    • Get rid of the clutter. Clear the area completely so you can see just how much space you've got to work with.
    • Dedicate some time to planning. Think about the type of garden you want - and other key factors too such as the sunlight available.
    • Architectural is in. Don't let a lack of soil hold your garden design back. Let your landscaping materials do the talking with different colours, clean lines and textures to add real visual interest.
    • Make the most of your features. Take advantage of walls by using creeping plants such as vines, trained up trellis or wire mesh.
    • No soil doesn't have to mean no planting. Get the urban greenery you yearn for with attractive containers and pots.
    • Sometimes, simple is best. Consider one stand-out feature container or water feature to create that all-important focal point.

    • Create the mood for your outdoor living space with creative lighting.
    • Choose the right plants. Architectural plants such as pampas grass create a sense of drama and intrigue.
    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone is available in a long aspect size that can help to accentuate the space with clean long lines.
    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Vogue Paving makes co-ordination of accessories easy. Simply mix neutrals like warm beige and black.
    • Splashes of statement colours within your accessories add great contrast to your garden theme.
    • Cobbles, pebbles and rockery stones are just what you need to ensure the surrounding borders look cared for and are low maintenance.
    • Planters are an easy way to introduce plants. They are low maintenance and can be replanted to keep the look fresh and seasonal.
    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving with its unique grooved design and modern finish instantly creates a designer look and feel.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • General Information and After Care

    Posted on November 24, 2010 by Simply Paving

    In the final part of our Simply Do It Yourself series we highlight some important information regarding the products we supply.

    Colours

    It's the natural colour variations in Bradstone Natural Sandstone Fossil Buff that make it so covetable.

    The colours depicted on our website are as accurate as modern technology allows. Tonal variations are evident in all manufactured and natural stone products; we therefore recommend that colours are judged from actual materials.

    This is of significant importance when selecting a natural stone product which, by its very nature, will exhibit considerable deviations from slab to slab. It is important to view a range of samples to acknowledge the authentic diversity in colours, texture and markings.

    Manufactured products are designed to simulate natural stone and naturally occurring aggregates are utilised, therefore variation between batches can occur. To produce an overall natural appearance when using two or more packs of product we suggest that individual products are drawn from each pack and mixed on site at the onset of the project.

    Reconstructed stone products will weather in a similar way to natural stone, therefore the effect of the elements and site conditions may cause some colour change dependent on the degree of exposure.

    Manufactured paving is designed to reflect the tonal variations present in natural stone.

    After laying, some natural stone products may exhibit a brown colouration when oxidation of any iron content occurs.

    Maintenance/Cleaning

    Sealants such as Signo Flexiguard can help protect porous products against ingrained soiling from dirt, staining from oil and water based contaminants and even moss and algae growth.

    Regular maintenance is required to keep the overall appearance of the product in pristine condition. We recommend thoroughly washing paved areas with warm soapy water and brushing off with a stiff broom three or four times a year.

    High pressure washers are not recommended for use on wet cast manufactured paving.

    Simply Paving cannot be held responsible for the possible effects or damage caused by the contamination or application of some chemically based products which come into contact with a concrete surface e.g. some weed killers and acid or alkaline based cleaners.

    Common salt should not be used to de-ice wet cast paving. To prevent possible surface damage always use a proprietary brand of de-icing product expressly formulated for use on concrete.

    Drainage

    When laying a patio or path close to a house or dwelling it is essential that the finished paving surface level is at least 150mm below damp course level and should slope away from the building. A fall of 1:60 is generally sufficient). All paved areas should be gently sloping to allow excess water to be directed away and should always be laid on well drained ground. Any base preparation should also allow for drainage. Poor drainage may result in water retention and may affect the weathering characteristics of the materials.

    Pointing

    Please check the recommended joint widths for your chosen product. Many product dimensions allow for a 10-15mm joint width.

    For best results a strong semi-dry mortar mix is recommended (with sufficient water content to bind but not so much as to stain the paving when introduced). Pointing is best completed as laying work progresses and should be carried out during dry spells of weather and sufficient pointing mortar should be mixed to be used within 30-45 minutes (less in hot weather conditions). After this time it may become too dry to bond. If spaces between paving are filled with sand, modified sand or decorative stone, moisture may be held in the joints and water may penetrate the sub-base for excessive periods of time, resulting in the possible occurrence of dark staining on the top surface or around the edges of the paving.

    Suitability

    Manufactured products are reconstructed stone and the paving range is primarily intended for domestic landscape use. Simply Paving cannot accept any liability in respect of products being used for an inappropriate purpose.

    In the unlikely event of products reaching you in less than satisfactory condition, please contact us immediately. Simply Paving cannot accept responsibility once the product has been laid.

    Efflorescence

    Efflorescence emerges from pores through capillaries.

    Simply Paving cannot be held responsible for this naturally occurring phenomenon, which can be characteristic in quality concrete products containing a high cement content. In their early life concrete products may exhibit an apparent loss of colour and efflorescence may appear in the form of a bloom or stain on the face of the product. This is a result of an interaction between the cement used to manufacture the paving and the natural environment

    Natural stone flags can also exhibit the effects of efflorescence when laid on a mortar bed. When water is drawn up from the mortar bedding to the surface of the stone, "salts" are transported with it. Although the water will evaporate over time, the "salt" deposits will be left behind on the surface of the stone. These too will disappear over time, but can take a number of months.

    Efflorescence can be a characteristic of all good quality products with a high cement content.

    The effect generally disappears with the combination of the natural weathering process and the passage of time and its appearance is not detrimental to the performance of the material.

    Health and Safety

    Always wear suitable safety equipment when handling our products.

    Many products within our range are heavy. It is recommended that items over 25kg or those that are awkward in shape should be handled by more than one person, or suitable lifting equipment is used. It is suggested that work gloves are used to prevent abrasion to hands and lime burns from wet mortar.

    Eye protection (safety goggles) should also be used when cutting with either chisels or rotary disc cutters, also respiratory protection (dust mask) should be used to avoid dust inhalation with using high speed cutters.

    Please Note

    All dimensions quoted on our website are nominal and are subject to manufacturing tolerances and actual sizes will vary as products are designed to replicate natural stone which features riven profiles and irregular fettled edges. Our suppliers policy is one of continuous improvement, innovation and development and as such we reserve the right to change specification without notice.

    If you require any help, please give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Finishing Touches

    Posted on November 23, 2010 by Simply Paving

    As we near the end of our Simply Do It Yourself series, we look at those little touches that not only keep your garden looking attractive, neat and well cared for but also add that extra bit of flair and pizzazz.

    Create stunning garden features that really add that extra something to your outdoor space.

    Installing Edging

    Bradstone Old Town Edging Weathered Limestone with Bradstone Decorative Aggregate Celtic Plum.

    Whilst some edgings can be laid directly into the ground, to increase stability, a more permanent method of fixing is recommended.

    This is achieved by digging a small foundation trench to the required length, approximately 100mm deep and 150mm wide. Lay concrete foundations using 6 parts ballast to 1 part cement (or 4 parts coarse aggregate to 2 parts building sand to 1 part cement).

    Once the foundation mix has cured, bed the edging by gently tapping the top edge with a rubber mallet into a mortar bed of 4 parts building sand to 1 part cement, ensuring each unit is aligned and level. Back fill the reverse face of the edging with the same mortar mix "haunched" with a 45 degree wedge of mortar to a height that will be concealed by the finished surface.

    Laying Stepping Stones

    If your lawns or herbaceous beds are showing signs of wear from frequent use, Bradstone Log Stepping Stones keep grass and plants safe from damage as well as adding a striking pathway.

    Evenly lay the stepping stones across the lawn or border. The recommended method for measuring the spacing of the stones is to use the length of a comfortable stride.

    Using the stepping stone as a template, cut away and remove the surrounding turf and soil to a depth of approximately 75mm. Backfill to a depth of 30-35mm with a semi dry mix of 5 parts grit sand to 1 part cement. Place the stepping stone and gently tap down with a rubber mallet so that it sits just below the level of the lawn.

    Using Pebbles & Gravel

    Clear the required area, removing all loose material and vegetation (use weed killer if necessary on any deep rooted weeds). Lay a semi permeable membrane over the whole area, with a minimum of 50mm overlap between sheets. Lay the decorative aggregate to the required depth (50mm is sufficient for most applications but please check for any instructions specific to your product). Rake to achieve the required surface level.

    Although decorative aggregates can be laid directly onto soil it is recommended to use a membrane to minimise weed growth.

    It's the little details that make a big difference in the garden. Take time selecting the decorative aggregates which will add the perfect finishing touch to your design.

    If you require any help, please give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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