How to Lay Paving with Concrete Sand or Blue Stone Dust

When it comes to paving, both concrete sand and blue stone dust are excellent choices due to their coarse texture, which prevents moisture from becoming trapped between pavers and ensures a solid foundation.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use either Concrete Sand or Blue Stone Dust to lay pavers.

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1. Prepare the area:

Start by clearing the area of any debris and vegetation.

PREPARE SITE OF DEBRIS

2. Excavate the area:

Dig out the area to a depth that allows for the pavers, bedding layer, and sand to sit at the desired height.

3. Add base material:

Lay down a base material like B Grade crushed rock, gently spray with water to reduce dust and compact it with a plate compactor to create a stable foundation for the pavers.

 4. Add a layer of sand or dust:

Spread a layer of either concrete sand or blue stone dust evenly over the compacted base material as a base to lay the pavers the pavers.

The sand or stone dust should be screeded, or levelled, to ensure a consistent depth.

5. Install edge restraints:

Place edge restraints around the perimeter of the area as this will keep the pavers in place.

6. Lay the pavers:

Start laying the pavers in the desired pattern, ensuring they fit closely together.

7. Compact the pavers:

Once all the pavers are laid, use a rubber mallet to firmly compact the pavers into the sand or stone dust.

8. Fill the joints:

Finally, spread a finer white washed sand over the pavers and use a broom to sweep the sand into the joints between the pavers. Then, lightly wet the area to help settle the sand.

This is a basic overview, but there are many factors to consider when laying pavers.

If you need more specific guidance or want further details on any of these steps, feel free to ask.

How to Create a Pathway with Pebbles using Weed mat

pathway with weed mat as base

One of the projects that you can undertake to transform your outdoor space quickly and easily with how to create a pathway with pebbles using weed mat. Here is a step by step guide on how to create a pathway using weed mat. How you can achieve a functional and visually appealing pathway through out your garden or yard.

Step 1: Prepare the area you need to leave clear.

First, prepare the intended area of the pathway. Dig out the area to a depth of  about 10 cm, which is enough room for the base layers and pebbles while maintaining the ground level.

Step 2: Lay a firm Base.

After digging out the area, you need to establish a firm base for the pathway. Spread the crushed rock evenly on the cleared out area and level it with a compacting tool like a roller, as this ensures a firm base and even distribution. Add the bluestone dust on top of the rock to a depth of  5 cm as it will give a smoother surface. Bluestone dust is more compact and smooth and will provide an ideal surface for the weed mat.

Step 3: Lay the Weed Mat

The next phase is laying the weed-mat. Spread the weed mat over the compacted base as the weed mat provides several functions. This includes preventing the growth of weeds underneath and adding strength to the pathway. Ensure that the weed mat covers the entire area of the pebbles.

Step 4: Add the Pathway Toppings or Pebbles

Finally, you are ready to lay down the pebbles which is the final layer of your pathway. Spread a 5-10cm deep layer of small pebbles or pathway toppings on top of the weed mat for a good coverage. The thickness varies with the size of the pebbles. Use a rake to spread the pebble uniformly across the path and smooth the appearance.

Step 5: Maintenance

After the pathway is complete, you should ensure that the pathway is well maintained. Clear the surface of dirt and leaves to ensure that  it remains glamorous. Check the weed mat for any signs of weed growth and remove the weeds to avoid any holes in the mat.

With the above steps, you will have a beautiful pathway with pebbles. This how to, step by step guide will help you create a pathway with pebbles with weed mat, which serves as a previously viable solution for your landscaping project.

If you live in the City of Casey or surrounds, you can call the team at Kennedys Cranbourne. For further information, call us or look at our products pages for pricing.

You are now ready to create a pathway with pebbles using weed mat!

Unlock the Power of Compost:

Tips & Benefits to Compost

10 Active Ways to Enhance Your Garden and Environment.

Compost is a highly versatile and beneficial resource which can be applied in many ways to enrich your soil, environment and the health of your garden.

The following active and innovative ways of loss to get the most out of your compost:

1. Fertilise your Garden 

Add the nutrient dense compost in your wheelbarrow to fertilise your garden. This provides your plants with the essential organic materials to feed the soil. Spread a thick layer of compost on the soil around your plants to support vigorous and healthy growth.

Fertislise you Garden. Compost in wheelbarrow

2. Mulch for Moisture Retention:

Use compost as a mulch as this will help retain moisture in the soil. This activity saves water usage and also saves the roots from the lethal low and high temperatures.

3. Create Compost Tea:

Add water to compost to make a liquid fertiliser. This watery fertiliser can be used in the growing season regularly in vegetable gardens.

4. Improve Soil Structure:

Mix compost into your garden soil to improve its structure and water retention capacity. This will help loosen heavy clay soils and provide better aeration for plant roots.

Improving soil structure with compost

5. Amend Potting Mixes:

Add compost to your potting mix to improve your potted plants with nutrition and a better growing environment

6. Feed Your Lawn:

Spread layers of compost to feed your grass with the right nutrients and make it lush.

Turf sand, soil or compost for top dressing

7. Boost Compost Bins:

Making a compost pile with the fully developed compost will kick start new compost piles. This provides various forms of micro organisms for working with the compost pallet.

8. Repel Pests and Diseases:

Some research suggests that using compost as a top dressing around plants will help deter certain pests and diseases because of  its rich microbial community.

9. Utilisation of Compost for Erosion Control:

Use compost to help control erosion on slopes or bare areas by stabilising the soil and promoting healthy plant growth and deter weed growth.

10. Support Sustainable Living:

By using compost, you are participating in sustainable waste management, reducing your ecological footprint, and returning organic matter back to the earth.

In conclusion, compost is a valuable resource with numerous benefits for gardening, landscaping, and environmental stewardship. Our Diggers compost is the perfect example of high quality, nutrient rich compost available at Kennedys Cranbourne.

Embrace the active use of compost in your everyday life to enhance the health and vibrancy of your plants and contribute to a more sustainable world.

From Waste to Wealth: A Beginners Guide to Composting

Composting Kitchen Scraps with Compost Creation tips

Composting your garden waste at home is a fantastic way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

Here’s a simple beginners guide of compost creation tips to get you started:

  1. Choose a composting method: There are various ways to compost, including using a bin or setting up a compost pile in your yard. Select a method that suits your space and needs.
  2. Collect organic material: Gather kitchen scraps like fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells. Also, collect yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, and small branches. Avoid adding meat, dairy, and oily foods to your compost.
  1. Layer your compost: Alternate layers of green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) materials. Green materials can include kitchen scraps and grass clippings, while brown materials can be dry leaves, straw, or shredded paper.
  1. Add water and air: Moisture and aeration are crucial for the composting process. Ensure your compost pile is damp, like a wrung -out sponge, and turn it occasionally to provide oxygen to the microorganisms breaking down the material.Composting Kitchen Scraps with Compost Creation tips
  1. Let it decompose: Depending on the method and conditions, composting can take a few months to a year. Keep an eye on the moisture level and turn the compost because this will aid decomposition.
  2. Use your compost: Once the compost turns dark and crumbly, it’s ready to use in your garden. Spread it around your plants or mix it into the soil as its improves soil fertility.

Tips & Benefits to Compost

Remember, the key to successful composting is maintaining a balance of organic materials, moisture, and aeration.

Happy composting!

Kennedys supply fresh nutrient rich compost which is readily available for your garden projects now. Composts you can choose from are either Diggers Compost or Mushroom Compost.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask. See video on YouTube here.