horticulture grit

Hi everyone,

can anyone advise, or tell me the difference between the horticultural grit that I pay premium price for at our garden centre, and the small  1-6 mm decorative gravel available from b&q at a quarter of the price.

The reason I ask is, because Iv'e always believed that the horticultural grit was probably super washed or treat or something like that.

The grit that I buy from the garden centre has to be washed/rinsed by me half a dozen times or so before I get a clean ready to use grit.  puzzled???


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    Don't be conned peter, it's all grit. If you find the sort you want that's the one to get.


  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569
    now thats good advise iv been thinking the same ,B/Q it is

    cheers Alan4711
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    it all comes out of a hole in the ground somewhere and gets bagged up with different labels. it would be nice to think the horticultural ones are cleaner in some way but I doubt it.

  • personally I think it's con/gimmick!

    a bit like was on the telly the other night, a guy and his wife were buying commodities (like whole salmon) from their local supermarket and repackaging it and selling it as organic and charging mega money for it.

    I think someone somewhere is shoveling this gravel into bags with a big smile on their faces and renaming it and us suckers fall for it....Lol!!

    I think on balance its going to be B&Q for me and I will wash it thoroughly, and save myself some serious money.


  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Also, if you want larger amounts than the bags your local store sells, then go to a builders merchants - where you can get a tonne of the stuff for a much lower price - yes, they will deliver it!   There are on line sites too that sell things like this in large amounts, chopped bark, top soil etc., far cheaper for big lots than multiple bags bought locally. 

  • sounds all good!!

  • little-annlittle-ann Posts: 879

    i get bags from the builders merchants

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