It looks like I am finally going to replace my back lawn
with a series of long planters to grow flowers and produce
I thought of using pavers to replace the lawn, but that
seems expensive. I also thought of just rocking it in, but
then the walking on them would eventually wear down to dirt.
Anyone have any suggestions?
When I lived in Florida, we used river rock (NOT gravel) in a few small
shaded areas where nothing would grow. For patio, we put down landscape
cloth, then large square (20" ?) pavers....space pavers about 6-8" and
fill in between with river rock. It is pervious, so water doesn't
collect, easy to clean with leaf blower, and plenty of flat area for
grill and chairs. If there are larger areas of rock, can sink pots for
plants into the ground or set on top. I put a few pots into the ground
so I could plant non-hardy stuff and take the pot inside when the occ.
freeze came along. It is good to keep the rock cleaned off so soil
doesn't collect and support weed growth.
We are in our newly purchased home for our first spring...lots and lots
of lawn, a small koi pond, a 20x50 fenced garden plot. We debated
buying a riding mower or using the money to change landscape to lessen
mowing and put the money into the landscaping. We will have large areas
along side fences for shrubs, ornamental trees and flowers. Then a
paver and rock patio. Possibly an island in front with hosta and
rhododendron. Got a nice little mower and a grandson who needs a job,
minimum wage + snacks. Got a garden to plant, but as long as I can
watch stuff grow, it doesn't seem like work. By the time we get the
landscape changes finished, there should be only as much lawn as two old
folks can handle (grandsons going to college next year). But, then, son
will have empty-nest syndrome, so he'll be available more :o)
Our grass is amazingly green and healthy, but I'm not going to put more
time and money into growing grass than I need to....hoping to get a
bocce court for my birthday :o)
Native plants are always a good idea and there are loads of attractive
plants that will suit conditions and not require lots of care.
Gardening is good for the spirit...healthy, always something changing
and something to look forward to.
If you decide to put down rock / gravel...
consider putting down a geo-fabric between what ever you put down &
the existing earth.
Also consider some sort of edging.
Gravel / rock / stone / pebbles can work for a LONG time if
The geo-fabric will the material keep the from disappearing into earth
& the edging will keep if from spreading out.
well what does occur is dust dirt leaves and other debris land on and
fill between the rocks, and birds drop seeds in their poop.
my dad in phoenix has a gravel yard and its far from maintence free,
but never needs watered.
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