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Gravel Landscaping Ideas

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Versatile Gravel Pea gravel is useful for walkways, work areas and social spaces. It also fits easily among plants and shrubs and will stay attractive for a long time. Combine pea gravel with ornamental grasses for a stunning design. Checkerboard Groundcover Create a checkerboard design using gravel, wood dividers and low-growing, compact Acaena and sedum. Pebble Swirl Use pebbles of various colors and shapes to build creative patterns into pathway designs. Path With Low-Growing Sedum Low-growing sedum makes an interesting pattern among coarse gravel. Use Slate Chips Slate chips can be used to mulch pathways between plantings in a garden. Woodland Path A path created with bark chips and log rounds blends perfectly into a woodland setting. Shape Small Pebbles into Step Sculpture Small pebbles have been shaped to provide an interesting circular step pattern in stones. Meandering Soft Pebble Path Retain a soft pebble pathway by using brick edging for support. Soft surfacing for garden paths consists of natural materials that include combinations of stone, wood and shell. Pebbles Provide Visual Interest Bricks and pebbles arranged in an ordered layout add visual interest in this example of a natural paving choice suited to a large landscaping design. Shredded Bark Mulch Used to Line Garden Pathway Try shredded bark to mulch pathways lined with plants and stones in a garden. Terraced Cottage Garden This cottage garden includes a lower and main terrace joined with brick steps and a graveled main entrance that ties the space together. Larger Rocks Paired with Smaller Stones as Mulch Combine larger rocks with smaller ones to mulch around garden shrubs and trees. Natural Materials Add Soothing Feel Deep borders with layers of taller plants make this yard seem larger than it really is, and natural materials such as stone and gravel give the garden a soothing feel. Just Beachy Cut sleepers have been laid among pebbles to give a beach look to this pathway. Wood Strips Path Effective with Ornamental Grasses Narrow wood strips make an effective path when placed along grasses but could be slippery when wet. Small Pea Size Gravel Used on Garden Pathway Pea-sized gravel is a good choice for soft pathways in a garden. Sea Worthy Gravel is raked in a maritime pattern on this soft garden pathway. Linear Plan This formal layout uses an abstract design with boxwoods and gravel. Shapes and Texture Lend Zen Appeal This rock and gravel garden is very zen-like with a simple and stylized design. The shapes and textures create visual drama. Dressing Up Weed Control Use decorative gravel, pebbles or slate chips to disguise a weed-preventing membrane covering the soil in a courtyard space. Drainage Solution Gravel makes a great mulch. Spread around plants that need good drainage, such as sedums. Gravel Risers Gravel risers form shallow steps in this contemporary landscape design. The result is functional art with great visual impact in this shaded modern garden. Stone and Gravel Mixed Stone and gravel are used in combination for a rustic path in this garden. Use Gravel for Contrast Gray gravel is popular for soft surfacing, especially when contrasted with natural fibers and texture, as with this fiber ottoman. Pebble and Gravel Edging This pathway features pebbles and gravel set in concrete for a visually-interesting edging. Gravel in a Mediterranean Design This Mediterranean garden design is created with gravel pathways, terra cotta pots and a sunny site. Slate and Gravel Create Natural Look In this garden with a pond, pieces of slate combine with gravel for a natural look. Landscaping as Functional and Sustainable Art A rich, contemporary landscape design style uses gravel along with grass and steel to create functional and sustainable art. Narrow Garden Space of Townhouse This very narrow space on the side of a townhouse is made more interesting by using an interesting paving pattern with tiles and pea gravel, plus a variety of plants in pots. Tiered Gardens Paved with Gravel and Tile A graveled area is central to this two-tiered town garden apartment that includes a terrace laid using random stone paving, and higher and lower pools joined by a waterfall. Marble Mulch Marble mulch covers the beds in this contemporary garden featuring glossy bamboos underplanted with white peonies. Peaceful Setting A water feature surrounded by pathways covered with small gravel creates a natural-looking setting great for relaxing.
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Gravel Landscaping Ideas

In those 1970s gravel landscapes, the key was to lower maintenance by using gravel to block weed growth. Back then thick black plastic was laid out on bare ground, and the gravel spread on top. It wasn’t long before the plastic broke down and weeds came up through the cracks. Today woven weed barrier fabric is proving a far superior underlayer for gravel. It allows air and water to go down through to the soil, while blocking light so weeds don’t sprout. When plants were integrated into the plastic and gravel system, problems arose because rain water could not enter the root zone of new or existing plants. The plastic also created an anaerobic condition in the soil where lack of oxygen caused it to literally ferment. The result was dead plants, both new and existing.
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Gravel Landscaping Ideas

Gravel is cheap, but moving it is increasingly expensive as fuel prices rise. Due to the weight of this product, heavy equipment is necessary to load and haul it. The first haul is from the point of origin at the quarry to your local rock yard. The second haul is from the rock yard to your yard. Original transportation costs can be integrated into the per ton price of a gravel with additional delivery fees passed on to the consumer. Sometimes pricey gravel that is locally mined will cost less than ordinary gravel from further afield. Therefore, consider locally mined gravel the greenest, most sustainable choice as well as the best value.
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Gravel Landscaping Ideas

Because of its tendency to travel, pea gravel must be contained by some type of edging material, such as brick, stones, Bender Board, or metal edging (as shown above). I found it worked well for the path in the narrow yard beside my house, providing both excellent drainage and a rodent barrier (big plus: rodents can’t dig through pea gravel). We embedded flagstones in the gravel as the path approached the lawn, gradually phasing out the gravel–since gravel and lawn do not mix.
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Gravel Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping diverges according to your home location, the weather and natural features. There are extensive array of landscape materials that can be used, one of which is gravel. Gravel is made up of non-adhesive, granular rock wreckage that has a wide-ranging particle dimension. Landscaping your exterior using gravel would surely benefit its permeable quality. Though it may appear to be harder it will still allow adequate drainage and undeniably more aesthetically amusing.
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Gravel Landscaping Ideas

Although many references suggest excavating 6 to 8 inches for a gravel path and layering crushed rock, sand, and then gravel, most designers don’t use this method. They say the smaller pieces inevitably work their way up, spoiling the clean look of the gravel. Landscape fabric also tends to show up at the surface. Instead, lay a 2- to 3-inch-thick layer of gravel directly on bare, weed-free soil that’s been compacted with a tamper or roller.
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Gravel Landscaping Ideas

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo PRO Cell-Tek Geosynthetics LLC Jessie, yes it would be more economical to purchase the gravel by the cubic yard. You may also want to consider Gravel-Lok which is a polyurethane-based binder that locks the stone together yet it still remains permeable. You can use any size stone from 1/8″ up to 2-1/2″. The person who wrote the article above says they like the sound of gravel ‘crunching under your feet’. This would not be the case with Gravel-Lok, however, the benefits are abundant. Since the stones are locked together, there is no problem whatsoever in walking on that area with high heels or using a wheelchair, or moving a lawnmower or other wheeled equipment over the area. And, small pebbles will not stick to your shoes; you will not track the small pebbles to other parts of your yard or house. www.gravellok.com 1 Like August 30, 2016 at 8:33AM
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Gravel Landscaping Ideas

Cell-Tek Geosynthetics LLC Jessie, yes it would be more economical to purchase the gravel by the cubic yard. You may also want to consider Gravel-Lok which is a polyurethane-based binder that locks the stone together yet it still remains permeable. You can use any size stone from 1/8″ up to 2-1/2″. The person who wrote the article above says they like the sound of gravel ‘crunching under your feet’. This would not be the case with Gravel-Lok, however, the benefits are abundant. Since the stones are locked together, there is no problem whatsoever in walking on that area with high heels or using a wheelchair, or moving a lawnmower or other wheeled equipment over the area. And, small pebbles will not stick to your shoes; you will not track the small pebbles to other parts of your yard or house. www.gravellok.com 1 Like August 30, 2016 at 8:33AM
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You’ll probably need to tidy the surface with a rake every now and then. Luckily, pea gravel doesn’t decompose, but it does sink into the soil (which improves drainage if you have clay soil). So you may need to replenish the gravel every four years or so. Most landscape material companies will deliver 50-pound bags, and you can spread the gravel with a mud rake. Snow removal is the biggest challenge: to avoid disturbing the gravel, you have to shovel off most of the snow but leave behind a thin layer, then melt the rest with salt.

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