There are endless applications for stone in landscaping, and the sheer volume of possibilities can be dizzying. While gravel driveways are a popular feature for many homes, there are even more creative opportunities to use the material in landscaping. From walkways to dog-friendly amenities, you can create almost anything with gravel. Here are four unique ideas for using gravel while landscaping your Edgewood property.
1. Make a Dog Run
If you have a dog (or two, or five), you know how rough they can be on grass and plants. Give your pups a durable play area by creating a dog run by laying down gravel and surrounding it with a fence. This makes an excellent surface for dogs to scamper around and play, and you will not have to worry about Fido digging up your begonias.
2. Construct a Patio
Give your backyard a facelift by constructing a patio. Unlike patios made of concrete or pavers, gravel patios are nearly impossible to damage significantly. Gravel can shift, but it is much easier to rake loose material flat than to fix cracked concrete or missing pavers. Simply use the same method as you would to create a driveway, taking care to kill and uproot the grass beneath your patio to prevent weeds and grass from sprouting up.
3. Replace Mulch
Although some homeowners prefer the look of natural or dyed wood mulch, gravel can serve many of the same functions. Stone mulch can prevent weeds from springing up while reducing the need for regular replacement. Also, many landscape designs benefit from the addition of a natural stone hardscape element. Light-colored gravel can create a beautiful contrast to soil, grass, and shrubs.
4. Create a Walkway
If constant foot traffic has worn paths into your lawn, consider creating a gravel walkway to define the frequently-traveled routes. Not only can gravel walkways provide more traction during wet or rainy weather, but they can also be simple to create. Merely kill and remove any underlying plants, dig a path where you would like your walkway, fill it with gravel, and rake the material level.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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