Finishing Your Basement

Six Sensible And Smart Ways To Use Gravel Around Your Landscaping

If you want a surfacing material for your landscape designs and features, you can't go wrong with gravel. With so many different colors, textures, and aggregates available, it is easy to create unique and distinctive features while sticking to a landscaping budget. Consider bringing gravel to your outdoor spaces in ways that enhance your home's curb appeal, and that will be sensible, practical choices for everyday living.

Six smart ways to implement gravel around your home's exteriors are:

1. A homemade patio. Make your own man-made patio without the need to pave or pour cement. Till the area and remove rocks or weeds, and then top with a layer of the aggregate of your choice. Use this patio for a comfy chair, a potted plant, or a piece of yard art.

2. Drives and walkways. Use gravel for drives and walkways for a durable and inexpensive surfacing that will hold up to wear and tear. Gravel makes a good surface for driving as well as walking, and it is resilient in all weather, climates, and seasons.

3. For weed prevention. Use gravel with weed-cloth to prevent weeds, roots, and vegetation from growing in beds, around trees, or in spaces that you may not be planting this season. Cover the earth with the weed-cloth and top with aggregate to keep the weed-cloth in place, as well as to prevent sunlight from reaching and sustaining pesky weeds.

4. To create easier terrain. Surface sloped areas with fill, position riser steps for easy access, and finish with gravel for a unique and simple stairway that will help make your property easier to traverse. This is a great, inexpensive alternative to a retaining wall.

5. For filling birdbaths or fountains. Fill birdbaths or fountains with gravel or ornamental aggregate to weight it down and use less water in the feature. This can also serve to give your basins a distinctive, elegant appearance.

6. In potted gardens and plants. Use a layer of gravel in the bottom of your container gardens and potted plants, and finish with a layer of gravel on top of the soil and seedling. This will provide drainage for plants left outside, as well as give it a decorative look.

Enjoy the ease of maintaining gravel surfaces in your landscaping, as well as the versatility and endless options widely available. Use these tips for some smart and sensible ways to implement this natural material around your home, yard, and garden this season. To learn more, contact a company like Purdy Topsoil & Gravel