Maybe because of my expertise residing on a gravel highway, when the notion of a gravel backyard first got here up, my response was not optimistic. After studying extra, it appeared to me a gravel backyard is a superb water-wise thought.
First off, don’t confuse a gravel backyard for a backyard mattress topped off with rocks. A gravel backyard begins with – not plantings, however fairly – three to 5 inches of pea gravel. After which, you put in drought-tolerant, ideally native, crops.
A gravel backyard has many benefits. In contrast to wooden mulch, gravel neither blows away nor decomposes so there isn’t a have to hold including mulch. Moreover, a gravel backyard requires no fertilizer. As soon as established, a gravel backyard makes use of much less water, necessitates little if any weeding and is general decrease in upkeep than the everyday natural mulch backyard.
Right here’s the rub: a gravel backyard shouldn’t be for the puttering gardener (ahem, I’ll resemble that). As soon as planted, a gravel backyard have to be left alone; transferring or changing crops will shift gravel and will lead to weed infiltration.
Need to give it a strive?
Begin with a border: Pea gravel travels simply, so it’s essential to create an edge to maintain the gravel in. Use no matter you want – handled wooden, bigger rocks, steel trim, concrete edging, bricks or stone.