When redesigning your home, you should also think about how the look of the garden reflects that of your home. However, instead of putting a lot of effort, time and money into boosting your garden’s look, there are easier ways to maintain it and style it. A popular and common reason why someone might think about a complete redesign of their garden is to enable the maintenance of it to be less, and one of the most dreaded and time-consuming maintenance jobs in the garden is mowing the lawn. Saying that, mowing the lawn is second only to the finicky job of weeding. You can cut down on long maintenance tasks by creating a gravel garden.
Think about gravel edging
Where the lawn borders are now, will be your planting space, and you will have to put in an edge. If you don’t, you risk gravel hitting up into your face every time you go to strim the lawn edges. A good choice can be a block of mowing strip, which you put around the edge you’re strimming. If you get a strip which is fairly neat and small, you can strim the lawn easily around them.
Prepare a border
Dig over the border to let air permeate into the soil and, therefore, will make it easier to work with. Remember, this is your last opportunity to improve your soil before gravel is put on top, so if your soil is heavy through bad weather or whether that is just the consistency of it, you could add a bit of compost to break it up.
Weed membrane blocks out light to the weeds and keeps the gravel separate from the soil. The weed membrane allows water to pass through it and into the soil. If you have weeds close to your drains in the garden, and can’t fit membrane around it, then this could cause problems with your drainage system. If this happens, contact an emergency plumber.
After you have put the weed membrane on, position your chosen plants around the garden. For gravel gardens, the best way to plant is in pockets so you can still see plenty of gravel.
What gravel you choose is a personal choice, there are lots of different types to choose from. Small gravel can be frustrating because it gets stuck in the soles of your shoes and you risk carrying it through the garden and into the house This type of gravel can also be a favourite with cats because it looks and feels like cat litter. Lighter coloured gravel can look really good but can get dirty very quickly and they can end up stained.
Weed-killers will kill whatever plants they are put on but are ineffective when put on soil so be careful they do not spread to the plants you want to keep. You should pay attention to the edges of the membrane you have used as this is the place where weeds tend to accumulate and prosper.