Last Modified: January 25, 2024

Polar Ice Chippings

A Comprehensive Guide

Close up of polar ice chippings

By Ben Parrot - Landscape Gardener & Amateur Geologist

Classification:

Stone landscaping material and construction aggregate

Scientific Name:

Dolomitic marble

Other Name(s):

Polar ice gravel, polar ice stone, polar ice decorative stone, polar ice aggregate

Overview

This encyclopaedia listing aims to provide a comprehensive guide detailing the key product specifications, benefits, and popular applications for polar ice chippings.

With a distinctive blend of white, grey, and icy-blue tones, polar ice chippings are derived from premium marble stone, which allows them to shimmer in light. They offer a unique charm, stemming from their distinctive blend of stones, tones and texture that can easily enhance the allure of any decorative aggregate project.

As you navigate through this page, you will find links to valuable resources covering design fundamentals, inspirational ideas, and DIY-friendly 'how to' project instructables for various applications of polar ice chippings.

Polar Ice Chippings Specifications

material

colour

shape

sizes

fall safety

price

Stone

10mm - 20mm

durability

fish friendly

eco friendly

degradability

ph

diy friendly

Non-degradable

Neutral

Material

Dolomite and marble

Colour

Blend of white, grey, and icy-blue

Shape

Angular

Close up of polar ice chippings

Size Range

10mm - 20mm polar ice chippings

Fall Safety

Unsuitable for play areas

Price

High compared to most decorative aggregates

Durability

High

Fish Friendly

No, not suitable for fish ponds

Polar ice chippings

Eco-Friendly

Yes

Degradability

Non-degradable

pH

Neutral

DIY-Friendly

Yes

Polar ice stones garden path

Benefits

Decorative aggregates, such as polar ice stone chippings, offer not only add a visual enhancement to gardens and landscape design but also contribute to soil health by reducing moisture loss and suppressing weed growth. They are a versatile tool in the designer's palette, creating focal points, defining spaces and pathways, and adding texture and colour to add contrast.

Specifically, polar ice chippings reflect light to brighten shaded areas and remain visually striking when wet, their hues intensifying to create dynamic, changing landscapes throughout all seasons and conditions.

  • Inhibits weeds
  • Improves drainage
  • Hard-wearing
  • Eco-friendly
  • Low-maintenance
  • Moisture retention
  • Versatile all-rounder
  • pH neutral
  • Quick transformation
  • Not safe for aquatic life
  • Root protection
  • Easy to lay

Applications

Polar ice chippings in garden design are popular because they are a durable and natural solution for weed suppression, compaction and drainage. Moreover, they add light to areas by reflecting light, making them even more visually beneficial for use on paths. When polar ice chippings are used for the following applications, most of the above benefits will apply.

In the next section, we enumerate numerous popular uses for polar ice chippings, though this list is not exhaustive. Wherever there is a hyperlink beside an item, an article from Outdoor Aggregates about the topic is available.

Ice polar gravel in a garden with slate monolith

Informational & Inspirational Articles

DIY-Friendly How-To Guides

Need to work out how many slate chippings your  project needs? Try our free gravel calculator.

Other Applications

Some other excellent applications for polar ice chippings include:

  • Ground cover for planters and pot plants
  • Indoor plant decoration
  • Decorative landscaping
Polar ice under leaves in a garden

Unsuitable For

The following list represents the kinds of applications that polar ice chippings are not suitable for:

  • Polar ice chippings are unsuitable for aquariums due to their effect on pH.
  • Play surfaces

Similar Alternatives to Polar Ice Chippings

The following is a list of decorative aggregates which are alternatives to polar ice stone chippings but offer unique variations on the primary colour, offer more economical options or substitute where they may not be optimal for the project you are creating.

Name

Colours

Material

Size

Shape

Availability

Price

red, white, black

6-20mm (0.1-0.8")

rounded

UK, USA

grey, blue

10-40mm (0.4-1.6")

flaky, flat

UK, USA, EU

grey, cream

Limestone

6-20mm (0.1-0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

dark grey

Basalt

5-20mm (0.2-0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

black, grey

Marble

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

Under £80

£80-£120

£120-£150

£150-£200

£200-£300

£300+

Maintenance

Polar ice chippings are low maintenance, especially when a heavy duty membrane is installed underneath. Most tasks involve periodic debris removal. To preserve their color and prevent algae or moss buildup, occasional power washing is recommended. Natural quarry materials also may have dust, which should be hosed off with water at the time of installation.

For further information on deep cleaning stone chippings, read our article: how to clean garden stones.

Selction of gardening tools against a garden shed

Purchasing Tips

When purchasing polar ice chippings, it's crucial to consider the specific requirements of your project. Generally, the size you'll need is limited to 10-20mm polar ice chippings. While 20mm chippings are generally advisable for driveways, smaller 10mm chippings are better suited to footpaths, though they are not as readily available, so it is important to check if these are in stock.

Bulk Bag Estimator

Using a stone chippings calculator is one of the best and easiest ways to determine the right amount you need with just a few measurements. It provides results in cubic metres as well as the number of bulk bags you will need. Buying one polar ice gravel bulk bag is usually more cost-effective than purchasing many smaller bags, but do consider the space for storage and how you will move the aggregates. Also, make sure to consider delivery aspects, particularly vehicle access to the site.

Garden gravel edging with steppibng stones

FAQs

What size is golden gravel?

Golden gravel typically ranges in size from 10mm to 20mm (about 0.4 to 0.8 inches), providing a warm, light golden hue to add something to the landscape.

Is Panda gravel the same as black ice gravel?

Panda gravel is not identical to black ice gravel; Panda polar ice gravel often features a mix of white and black stones, reminiscent of the Panda's iconic colouration, whereas black ice gravel has a more uniform dark appearance.

What colours does gravel come in?

Gravel comes in a diverse palette, including but not limited to white, black, gold, red, green, and blue-grey. The ideal choice of colour often depends on the natural stone from which the gravel is produced.

What area will a 20kg bag of gravel cover?

Each polar ice chippings 20mm 20kg bag typically covers approximately 0.24m² however this may vary dependent on application depth. A 25kg bag of gravel can cover approximately 0.5 square meters (approximately approx 5.4 square feet) to a standard depth of approx 50mm (about approx 2 inches).

There are many other varieties of stone chippings available for your project. Check out them out!

About the author 

Ben Parrot is a landscape gardener and amateur geologist. He is the founder of Outdoor Aggregates, with the mission to create the first encyclopaedia for decorative aggregates. From natural stone through to decorative bark, these aggregates are critical to garden and landscape design, universally.

The problem: There isn't any place where all the different types of decorative landscaping materials and construction aggregates can be found, nor are the specifications of each type readily available. So, enriched by his extensive experience, and inspired by the timeless elegance and raw beauty of stone and rock, etched by nature's artistry over millennia, Outdoor Aggregates was born.