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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 .

AngieR

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. 

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

Fairygirl

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?

I think it is called grasscrete. 

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Lyn

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.

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 2

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.

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. 

Iamweedy

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)

AngieR

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.  

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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