I have a new home with a very large plain backyard. I am planning and
preparing to add character, but must do
in tiny steps. I don't have a lot of time or budget, so hope to create a
warm welcome backyard over time.
The first thing I would like to do is create 2 "hard" areas.
I have a 10x10 covered patio and off to the left of it I need a 10x8 area
for grilling and expanding off of the
patio. in another area I would like to create a space 6x4 for a bench under
a group of small trees.
For both of these areas I would like to use crushed granite.
It's cheap, and it looks good. For the area off of the patio I may someday
want to add paving stones,
and this would be the perfect first step to that idea.
I know it durable enough, but I'm not sure how to install it properly.
Once I cut away the st. Augustine, how deep should the crushed granite be?
Do I need to rent a compactor and compact it? I would like to define the
area with some
sort of drought tolerant border plants...do you have any suggestions?
Thanks for any help on my project!
Yes. However, a manual compactor makes for a really good workout... :)
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I really would like something that looks similar to Mexican heather (and a
but that is perennial.
You can see my landscape plans here and critique if you will.
look in the album called landscape plans.
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It needs to be raised above the surrounding area. Decomposed granite is
nearly impervious to weeds, either seeds from above or runners from
below. But if the rain washes dirt into it then forget it. I did a
cactus bed with it, about 2" deep without any kind of weed barrier, and
never needed to weed it in several years. Another bed that caught
runoff from the road was constantly full of weeds.
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