Lay it Down: A Guide to Landscaping Surfaces

Landscaping surfaces have come a long way since the days of poured concrete decks and pebble-strewn paths. Now, there's an option for every budget and design style. From stones to synthetics, get to know them all here.

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Reclaimed Block

Granite blocks, shown here, have charm as both a reclaimed material and a hardwearing surface for paths and driveways. Individual blocks vary in size and depth, which can make levelling and fitting them together a challenge. Granite blocks tend to be moderately priced, due to their limited supply and "fashionable green" appeal.

Reclaimed Yorkstone is of particular interest to lovers of vintage crazy paving. It makes a hardwearing surface for patios and driveways, although laying a random pattern isn't as easy as it appears: you may need professional help, thus increasing the price of this otherwise affordable medium, to achieve a decorative mosaic effect.

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