Plastic Garden tiles

Has anyone used these plastic garden tiles the ones where you lay a temporary path , I would being using them for my gravel front as I don't want to disturb the gravel , I was wonder if anyone has any experience of them .

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  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 345

    I bought half a dozen to use as a temporary path when I was working in a very muddy part of the garden.  They did the job temporarily but because in general the area tended to get very dirty and when wet I found they were very slippy.  I almost did the splits on a few occassions.  They do come with a textured surface that's supposed to aid grip but I didn't find that the case.  I suppose in gravel they might do the trick. 

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 847

    Plastic garden tiles?! Sounds horrible!  What's wrong with stone?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 20,298

    I don't know how well it works long term Jason. As Angie says - they're really for temporary usage. Cutting across a lawn, or similar, to build, or access, something  and prevent too much damage to a surface.

    You could maybe try the stuff for putting in parking areas that's like a honeycomb. It's mainly for using on grass and is a more long term solution, but it should work on gravelled areas too. Not sure exactly what it's called and it may be pricey.

    Is there a reason you can't just walk on the gravel though?

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • LynLyn Posts: 9,072

    I have to agree with Angie, I bought them for a temporary path around the compost bins, Slippery when Wet comes to mind. Not for everyday use.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,243

    What is wrong with the way I do it, drop a plank on the bit i want to work on and move it when done, the same board is older than me as dad used it too. Why buy more plastic to pollute the world?

    Frank.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 3,966

    Do you mean those interlocking tiles that form a grid that you can fill with gravel to stop it shifting Jason?  Commonly used for driveways I think.

    If it's just a pathway for pottering you need, how about dotting stepping stones here and there.  I do this in my borders to get access to the back.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,277

    The "honeycomb" stuff is sold under the name of Rapidgrid. There are I think 2 grades - the strongest being used for car parking areas where you still want the appearance of a lawn/turf.  It is expensive and comes in third  of a metre square sections.  Set in properly along a well used route allows you to have, more or less, the appearance of an unbroken lawn whilst stopping the worst wear and tear on the grass. Works as a permanent solution but way too pricey for a temporary measure.

    There is also a sort of "roll out" length of plastic sold for use as temporary pathways - not designed to be permanent.  No personal knowledge of this product so whether slippy after some use ?  You can at least roll it up and store it away when no longer needed.

    Laminated boards are fine if the weather is dry but tend towards lethal after a bit of rain.  Frank's suggestion of a plank is probably the easiest and cheapest if you have one to hand. 

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,085

    Has anyone tried these? I am looking for the same thing, a more or less  nonslip  path to my compost bins. Which is on a slope. I might just invest in a small pack and see what happens.    

    Parkland® Plastic Garden Path Floor Tiles Non Slip, Walkway or Patio Tiles Lawn Paving Grid Outdoor 30cm Square (Pack of 24, Terracotta)

  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 345

    I haven't used those particular ones Iamweedy.  The ones I used were from B&Q and I wouldn't recommend them for a permanent non slip path, especially on a slope.  

  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 327

    My area gets waterlogged during winter so wanted something to spread the weight when doing maintenance to my raised borders , after reading the replies I will go for the old planks as recommended .many thanks for the advice .

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