What is the best driveway topping?

Crushed Rock consists of 20mm minus stone particles capable of solid compaction. Ideal for driveways and paths. Must be used for a foundation when laying paving and for some retaining wall systems. Crushed rock is an ideal under sand or pavers or for a water tank base.

Can you still get Lilydale toppings?

Lilycan Toppings

Unfortunately Lilydale is no longer produced. This is the closest copy and customers have had good results blending it with the old when topping up.

What is Lilydale topping made of?

Lilydale toppings come from limestone so when wet they have a tendency to bond together and make a firm surface. Tuscan toppings come from sandstone and have a pink/terracotta colour.

What is dromana topping?

Dromana toppings is a fine, decorative, brown granite topping. It is used as a decorative topping for driveways and paths. Because it is a very fine material, you can comfortably walk on it with no shoes making it a good choice for areas where there are kids.

What are Garden toppings?

Toppings are the higher quality finishing products used for paths and driveways. They are generally more uniform in colour and shape than other crushed rocks and are much more visually appealing. Please note there are natural variations in colour and sizing of products.

How do you install Lilydale toppings?


Spread and level the 20mm crushed rock using the back of a rake or straight length of timber. It is not advised to use a rake with the prongs down, as they tend to pull the larger rocks out leaving patches of stony material. Water the crushed rock LIGHTLY with a hose. Do not soak.

How do you compact Tuscan topping?

Tuscan toppings is a fine, sandstone crushed rock. It is used as a decorative topping for driveways and paths. For best results, this product should be laid to a minimum depth of 50mm, moistened with water and compacted with a roller or vibrating plate compacter.

Does crusher dust compact?

Sourced from the same locations as Road Base, Crusher dust is made up of only the finer material or ‘fines’. Crusher dust, if wet sufficiently, will also compact down hard and give a smooth finished surface.

Is crusher dust good for driveways?

Crusher dust is commonly used as packing material around water tanks, driveways, and pathways, which can be blended with natural sands to improve concrete shrinkage and water damage.

What are Tuscan toppings?

Tuscan Toppings is an attractive terracotta coloured compactable topping, suitable for paths and driveways. It is produced from crushed sandstone comprising of fines and smaller pebbles (up to 20mm) and has excellent drainage qualities, making it suitable for low maintenance gardens.

How do you compact Lilydale topping?

Compact the area with a vibrating plate or roller. Making sure you fill any dips or holes to make a smooth and even finish. Once the Crushed Rock has been laid and compacted, repeat procedure with the toppings.

What to put under gravel to stop weeds?

You can apply landscape fabric as a ground cover beneath your pebbles by raking the pebbles to one side and applying the fabric in sections, or by temporarily removing the pebbles, laying landscape fabric, and then replacing the pebbles. Essentially, this creates a weed barrier to stop weed invasion.

What is granitic sand?

Granitic Sand is a crushed granite decorative topping suitable for paths and driveways. It is highly compactable and a suitable alternative to concreting, paving, or turf. You will often see it used in government projects as the material of choice for walking tracks through parks, gardens, and reserves.

What is Tuscan rock?

Tuscan Stone is produced from sandstone and is a natural earthy tone in colour. The stone has a sharp angular form and is commonly used for garden or path toppings, or as a decorative mulch. Tuscan stone does not compact down to a hard surface, hence offering good drainage.

Can you use plastic instead of landscape fabric?

As the mulch and fallen organic matter from the plants decomposes, weeds can begin to grow on top of the plastic. Even though it doesn’t break down like landscape fabric, plastic isn’t a permanent fix to your garden; you must replace it periodically to keep your garden weed-free.

How do you permanently stop weeds from growing?

How do you stop weeds from growing back?
  1. Kill weeds at their roots to prevent them from growing back.
  2. Mulch, mulch, mulch. …
  3. Weed after it rain. …
  4. Make sure you pull the heads off weeds before they have a chance to go to seed and spread around the garden.
  5. Mind the gaps between plants.

How do I stop weeds coming through my membranes?

Weed membrane is a gardening essential. Made from bonded plastic or textiles, this handy roll of material is laid underneath topsoil to prevent weeds from growing through. Weed control fabric can also be laid beneath gravel or paving slabs to stop unsightly weeds from growing in the cracks.

Can you use cardboard instead of landscape fabric?

A free, biodegradable alternative to landscape fabric is to use simple old cardboard. The idea is derived from the concept of sheet mulching. In permaculture, sheet mulching can be done to reclaim an area of land that might have been weedy or even covered with grass.

Is it OK to put plastic under mulch?

When using mulch in your landscape, there is no need for the use of artificial weed barrier such as plastic or landscape fabric. These materials do not work and are not weed barriers. They are only necessary under stone. That is to prevent the soil from mixing with the stone.

Does black plastic stop weeds?

All you have to do to kill weeds with plastic sheeting is to cover the area with the sheeting; black polythene plastic sheeting or the like, flat on the ground. Weight or stake the plastic down. That’s it.

Does cardboard make good mulch?

Every farmer and gardener knows that mulching is a must to cut down on irrigation, but the cardboard used in sheet mulching is much more effective at trapping moisture than typical wood chips or straw.

Can I mulch with cardboard?

Fortunately, you can use corrugated cardboard as mulch, saving you money and recycling your cardboard surplus at the same time. If you don’t like the look of cardboard mulch, you can cover it with any mulch of your choice. Avoid using wax-coated cardboard that restricts water penetration to the soil.