7 Tips for Using Fine Gravel
Fine gravel is made up of very small gravel particles, whose diameter does not exceed four millimeters. Fine gravel is a standard material in many projects such as roadway surfacing, for driveways, pathways, in aquariums, in landscaping models and to manufacture concrete. Here are a number of tips you should be aware of when using fine gravel.
(Using Fine Gravel In Aquariums and Fish Tanks)
Tip 1: The Color Of Fine Gravel
Fine gravel is available in various colors. This provides the opportunity to create a nice setting in an aquarium or fish tank if the right color is chosen. For instance if the majority of your fish are white you can use red or black gravel to create a contrast. Another nice setting is to pour gravel of a different color on top. However, make sure that the paint used in such painted fine gravel is suitable for aquariums as some may be detrimental to fish.
Tip 2: The Amount To Use
It is also important to use enough bags of fine gravel depending on the size of your aquarium or fish tank. The deeper you want the base to be the more gravel you have to put in.
Tip 3: How To Apply Fine Gravel
Make sure to wash the gravel before putting it into the aquarium. It has the advantage of being much easier to wash than sand. It is also suggested that you select fine gravel especially if you have bottom feeders in your fish tank.
(Using Fine Gravel In Landscaping Models)
Tip 4: Realistic Effect in Landscaping Models
Fine gravel is particularly suggested to create a very realistic effect when used in landscaping models. It looks very effective when used to reproduce roads and parking areas in a model. It is important to level it off well and to check it visually from a bird’s eye view.
(Using Fine Gravel In Paths and Roads)
Tip 5: When to Use Fine Gravel in Roads
Fine gravel is used in relatively low traffic areas. It is a good option as it is relatively cheaper than concrete or asphalt. Hence it is ideal in houses’ driveways, pathways and in private roads. It is very commonly found in rural areas since it creates a very nice effect.
Tip 6: Applying Fine Gravel in Roadwork
It is best to work uphill so as to better fill in any ditches and gullies. Then, after having completed one side of the road or path, reverse the direction to complete the other side. It is also recommended to do more than one layer so as to level the ground off more successfully and neatly. It is a good idea to pass on it several times by means of a vehicle so as to press it down and pack the particles together for more solidity. In most cases it is also recommended to apply a layer of landscape fabric to enhance permeability.
Tip 7: Maintaining Fine Gravel in Roads
It is very important to regularly maintain the gravel as water and erosion are two of its main enemies since they may cause ruts and potholes in some areas. It is quite easy to patch and repair them by filling them up with small rocks and some granite sand, and then reapplying the gravel on top.