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Decomposed Granit?

Good evening,

I'm looking at different types of paths to install in an edwardian garden. I was thinking a 10mm pea shingle path with a brick edge, or maybe a herringbone brick path. 

I've been trying to work out what material the paths around an old house near my parents is. It's very solid underfoot but with plenty of dusty small loose stones on it's surface. I've seen it in the grounds of stately homes and gardens. Similar to this

I've been searching online and found something called "decomposed granite", it seems to be only available in america. Does anyone know what i'm talking about?! and if so, what is it? And, is it practical or usual to have it in a domestic garden? How is it installed? 

All thoughts and explanations would be very very helpful,

Thank you,



  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,299

    I've never heard of decomposed granite, but I wonder whether what you may be looking for is hoggin?


    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    It's probably crushed granite Sam. Granite comes in several colours all natural and is used widely in landscaping. You need to find a local stone or aggregate supplier. You can buy it in various sizes and its simply laid. What you've looked at looks like compacted paths, and to get those right you can hire a compacter from tool hire shops. Otherwise its pretty simple, you just need to edge whatever path you're creating. Last you years as well.

  • That's it! Great image thanks a lot. It's one of those words you can't google because it's so weird.

    Now, does anyone have any hoggin installation advice?
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,299

    The link above has basic installation advice, Sam, if you're planning on doing it yourself.

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

    Word of warning.  It sticks to your shoes and can make a mess of your indoor flooring.   While the family can be trained to remove their shoes at the front door not every guest can.

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Self binding gravel is what I was after, thanks all image
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