Welcome to our category page about the essential DIY materials. This is a resource designed to complement our DIY projects and step-by-step guides. Whether you are an experienced DIYer, an absolute beginner, or somewhere in between, understanding the right materials for your project, and how to use them, is the essential knowledge for achieving a successful outcome that is both durable and beautiful.

In this section, you will find articles delving into the details of those vital landscaping supplies which hold your projects (and dreams) together. From timber and fasteners to weed fabrics, tools, and adhesives, we've got you covered with all the info to help you make informed decisions, save money and get your outdoor project done, right! There will also be articles featuring step-by-step guide on how to select and work with some special types of materials. For example, how to choose and lay a heavy duty weed membrane for your patio.

As with all of that we do at Outdoor Aggregates, the goal is to empower you with knowledge, and inspire you with ideas, so that you may confidently design, plan and manifest your outdoor designs, featuring the wondrous, and most lustrous, medium of decorative aggregates.

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Mulch: What is it and What is it Made of? A Deep Dive.

Learn how mulching gardens can get rid of weeds and boost soil health. Explore the eight types and practical tips to successfully mulch your beds and borders.

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Garden Mulch: Ultimate Guide to 14 of the Best Mulch Types

Organic or inorganic? From composted mulch to mulch for flower beds, find out the best mulch for your needs. Also, get the low-down on some FREE mulch options.

Landscape fabric

Landscaping Fabric: A Beginner's Guide to Weed Membranes

Need a weed membrane fabric for your garden? Our guide covers all you need to know about choosing the right type of landscaping fabric.

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Using a Heavy Duty Weed Membrane for DIY Garden Design

Learn the difference between a weed fabric and heavy duty weed membrane to determine what your DIY project will need to get optimal durability.

What is sub base

What is Sub Base 101? From Pathways to Artificial Grass Base

Discover what a sub base is, the materials you need to build one and how it why it's essential to a paving project's longevity and stability.

Crushed limestone gravel around residential soakaway drainpipes

Limestone Chippings for Soakaway

Explore the dual benefits of limestone chippings for efficient soakaway systems and as a safe and natural neutralizer for acidic condensate from HVACs.

Resin bound gravel kits

DIY Resin Bound Gravel Kits: Planning Your Outdoor Flooring

Get the low-down on resin bound gravel kits, including the types, colours and why they're perfectly DIY-friendly for driveways, patios, and more.

Introduction to self binding gravel

Introduction to the Different Types of Self Binding Gravel

Learn all about the types of self-binding gravel products available for your landscaping project. Our DIY round-up covers self binding gravel UK.

There are many types of DIY project guides available from Outdoor Aggregates. Why not check them out!