While gardening is a great stress buster, you also learn a lot about nature while you are working in your garden. Contrary to popular belief, gardening is not just about planting seeds and nurturing them till they’re grown and then giving them occasional trimming and just watering. Instead, gardening consists of choosing the type of soil, or if you decide to use the soil that you have, then what sort of plants does grow well in that soil. Gardening also includes a bit of landscaping, as adding layers to your garden does bring out the focal point.
Though it might sound ridiculous and is widely used in gardening and horticulturists suggests the same. Be it regular sand or brick sand, adding sand to your gardening and landscaping projects does alleviate the results and the overall advantages of the installation. Out of these, brick sand or ‘fatty sand’ is used the most.
Materials Used in Gardening and Landscaping
Constructing pathways, building a pool or fountains, or even a swimming pool, there is so much scope when it comes to decorating the garden. Apart from soil and concrete, there are various other materials that come in handy to build up your dream landscape. One of these is the versatile brick sand. Majorly used in various landscaping projects, the brick sand, along with these other materials is garden friendly.
- Brick sand: Usually, mixed with lime and cement to make the mortar that works as a filling, brick sand repels water. Hence, the name fatty because it has higher clay content which makes the sand sticky and more amicable with the cement. This makes the brick sand along with pool clay, ideal for above ground garden pool, especially when layering the underwater part of the pool, as it oozes and conceals any leakages.
- Silver Sand: If you are a fan of the pavements, you will know all about silver sand, also known as masonry sand. This aggregate is used to whiten the rendering and is mixed with the concrete sand for installing and locking the paving in place.
- Pottery: Gardening is incomplete without plants and pots. Potting grit which is lime free and made of coarse particles works as an excellent medium for potting. These grits also work as mulches to grow plants, especially alpines and rock plants. Unlike other aggregates, the potting grit can be used besides heat cables. It also adds a decorative finish to the plants and flower beds making it attractive.
- Stones and Gravel: If you are looking to make pavements or create a Zen garden, you can achieve the look by using gravels and boulders to shape the landscape. Water, which is the most important aspect of Zen, as it represents purity is achieved by raking wavy patterns over brick and which is spread across and over the boulders and grovels.
- Lime Free Material: The lime free horticultural sand is coarse and finds its use in making composts mixtures which provide the soil with better aeration and proper drainage to avoid marshlands forming in your backyard. You can use the horticultural land as a lawn dresser too. This type of sand comes in handy when you need to break down heavy soils.
In a nutshell, whether you are aiming to make a themed garden like a cottage entrance with a gazebo or replicate a movie inspired landscape, without proper tools and soil aggregates, all your hard work will waste. These aggregates like silver sand, concrete sand, brick sand, or stone dust, not only aids in making the soil breathable and stable but also adds a certain beauty to the overall garden by stabilizing the very foundations of your landscape creations.