Slate is a durable stone that is soft to the touch. Originally, it was used solely for buildings, but it has been discovered that slate stone is a great medium for landscaping, as well. Slate is used to create beautiful outdoor walkways, walls, borders, patios, benches, waterfalls, stairs and driveways.
Welcome visitors with a slate walkway that leads up to your door. Walkways can guide observers in your garden. A slate walkway can be used on slopes where it would otherwise be difficult to walk. Since slate is strong and long-lasting, you will not have to worry about replacing it for years to come.
Slate wall landscaping helps divide lower areas, such as patios, driveways and yards. If there is a hill where your yard stops and the sidewalk begins, a slate wall can help separate the two. A patio that is lower than your yard can be surrounded by a slate wall. If your yard slopes down into your driveway, separate the two with a slate wall. This can provide visual appeal while serving a purpose.
Slate borders are much like slate wall landscaping. The purpose is to separate one part of the landscape from another. A slate border can separate a yard from a flower bed, or can be used around a tree. A border also can be used as a walkway and serve two purposes at the same time.
Patios used to be mostly made of a simple slab of concrete. However, with slate, a patio can be created with different designs and colours in mind. Think about what you will use your patio for and how it should be designed to meet your needs. A little planning will help. If it will just be used for your family, you can go with a small slate patio, but if you host parties at your home, a larger patio will be necessary. There are many options for slate patios. Seek the help of a landscaping company to build a patio that will fit your needs.
Slate benches are stylish and durable. Slate slabs are stacked up to the desired height to create a bench in your landscape to add seating in your garden or yard.
Add a waterfall to your landscape with slate slabs. The landscapers will pile slabs of slate in a design that will allow the water to flow through and over the pieces, creating a waterfall.
Stairs no longer have to be made of wood that will not last very long. Slate stairs are sturdy and create a desired look for the landscape. Use slate stairs to lead up to a doorway, to guide down into a patio or to lead into your yard. Slate stairs can be used to create a warm, rustic look.
Slate is used to make a driveway more appealing. Different colours of slate can be put together to create a stylish design for your driveway, small or large.