Create your own gravel garden
Many of us would like a low maintenance garden; two of the most disliked jobs are mowing the lawn, and weeding.
If you wish to keep your lawn, but to eliminate the weeding then you can do this by creating a gravel garden. This can be done by replacing your earth borders with ones that are dressed with gravel.
Start by clearing the area. You will have to remove existing plants from the borders, but put the ones you want to keep to one side for replanting later. If you have a lawn then you will have to add an edge where your lawn meets your border. A monoblock mowing strip is a good choice as they allow you to create a good curve.
You then need to dig over the border in order to allow air into the soil and to make it easier to work with. You could also add a little compost and general purpose granular fertilizer at this stage. Next, you need to add a weed suppressant membrane and weight it down. After you have laid the membrane, position your plants in pots, to decide where they should go. When you have got all your plants into position, cut a cross in the membrane and fold back the edges. Dig a hole big enough to accommodate the plant and when your plant is in place, fold back the edges of the membrane to form a tight seal.
You can now add the gravel. There are lots of different types of gravel to choose from. 20mm gravel is probably the most suitable as smaller gravel can easily get stuck in the soles of your shoes when you walk on it. Bear in mind that, although lighter gravel can look great at first, it soon becomes dirty and will need regular maintenance with the use of a pressure washer to keep it looking at its best.
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