You'll Know 10 Things About Gravel Your Landscaper Wants

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Often, my customers like gravel, or gravel at least. But as a landscape artist, I have a love-hate connection to the pavement.I recently visited a house recently purchased by a customer and noticed that the supplier put gravel between the pebbles in the driveway to "dress up" her. The gravel was scattered everywhere. These stones were not carefully hidden between the pebbles, but looked very rough under the feet. I think: the right thing, the wrong place.


I wish all my customers knew about gravel here are 10 things:


1. Not everyone's the same gravel.


Once you decide to add gravel to your landscape, the next question is, which? Each type of stone has its own unique appearance, attractive texture and purpose. Your choice will depend on the area, so I suggest you visit the local quarry first to see what is available.


2. Know the most common textures of gravel.


You will have to consider size and texture following a choice of stone and colour: broken-down granite, crushed stone or gravel?


Conclusion: Decomposed granite is a kind of powdery granite, which can produce fine silt and small rocks. DG is a popular choice for sidewalks and terraces. It is usually golden yellow, mixed into brown, and is relatively easy to access. Typical idea of ​​the appearance of a gravel driveway. This material is also used for terraces, retaining walls, drainage, backfilling and leveling. Gravel is tricky because it has the word "gravel" in its name, but some people think that gravel is actually a smooth small river stone. For more information, see Hardscaping 101: River Rocks.


3. DG may adhere to your pet's feet or shoes.


The thing which most disturbs me is that particles will not only make a mess but can scratch the floors of your hardwood.


4. Granite broken needs more maintenance than you could expect.


Lay the decomposed granite in layers to increase strength and compact each layer. In addition, consider adding a stabilizer to bond the small pieces together. Although it may take a considerable amount of time, if it gets muddy from the ground or is covered with moss, it needs to be cleaned regularly. At the end of the shade, you can put a garden towel under it to prevent weeds from entering.


5. Most of the crushed stone colors vary between gray and gray.


Depending on where you live, the rubble has different colors, but most of them are gray. The size ranges from 0.5 to 1.5 inches and can be bought in a bag or in the yard. This material provides good grip because the shape is usually square and pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle to prevent weeds from growing by letting water penetrate.


6. A weed barrier needs to be placed beneath the gravel.


Tip: First lay out your landscape board to protect yourself from weeds. Unless you are looking for a very small area, it is usually cheaper to buy this gravel in the garden than in a bag.


7. Gravel needs rake. 


Clean walkways, sidewalks and terraces regularly to keep the surface level. Consider adding edge material to fix the gems. I like walking on crisp gravel roads; it reminds me of walking on the beach. The gravel size ranges from 1/8" to 5/8", and there are a variety of polished colors to choose from. Buy it in a bag or in the yard.


8. The borders of the landscape can be costly to hold gravel.


"Whether you have the original space or the garden on the more natural side of the garden fence, the border between curb and lawn has many advantages," Claire wrote in our 101 Landscape Contractor   Guide: Lawn Frame. Edge options include metal, wood, stone, concrete, brick, and even plastic, with prices ranging from cheap to expensive.


9. Better fillers can be used between pavers than gravel.


Lightweight stones are prone to scatter and can look messy if the material is out of boundaries quickly, so I recommend that the gravel is not used to fill the fillers.


10. If you have to carry trash cans, Gravel can be a drag.


You can feel like moving over gravel something heavier like trash cans or lawnmowers. A pull. Install a concrete container pad. Consider installation.

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