A gravel backyard is a landscape, or part of a landscape, that uses small rocks, usually called gravel, rather than plants or dirt. Before creating a gravel landscape, any existing plants such as grass or weeds should be removed and killed. It is typically best to remove such plants and then treat the area thoroughly with a powerful weed killer. This should be allowed to soak into the ground for a few days before a second application of the weed killer is applied. Gravel is probably the most inexpensive and versatile landscape material you can buy. If you wish to landscape a large area, refrain from buying gravel in bags at mega landscape centers.
These are about backyard gravel ideas: A dry creek bed functions to divert water drainage away from the house, protecting your foundation from mold, rot and erosion. If drainage isn't a problem in your yard, a dry creek bed also adds visual enhancement to the landscape. Prepare the creek bed so it meanders naturally through the yard. Plant native foliage and flowers along the creek. Construction of a dry creek bed requires laying landscape cloth, a layer of sand, pea gravel, large gravel and rock. To cut expenses, you can eliminate the landscape cloth and sand. Create paths with gravel by finding a weed-free area of soil. Lay 2-3 inches of gravel directly on the bare ground. A gravel path prevents puddles of water and mud from getting tracked into the house.
When installed correctly, it's maintenance free and it eliminates bothersome insects that live in grass. Many people appreciate the freedom it gives them from the chore of mowing and treating a lawn with expensive chemicals. Conservation of water is another desirable feature of a gravel landscape, especially in the desert regions. You can landscape your yard with gravel no matter where you live. The advantage of using gravel as a mulch in the flowerbed is that it doesn't decay like bark or other biodegradable materials. Gravel retains moisture, and weeds. Gravel is also one of the least expensive hardscaping materials available.
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