replacing lawn with stones and slabs
Well, after almost a year since I last posted about my new lawn not taking I have sadly admitted defeat . Despite no walking on the lawn, ariation, seeds, and other attempted advice I now only have sodden soil with the odd blade of grass peeking through. People have advised adding artificial grass which I am not keen on or decking which I was tempted with but less and less enamoured by. I don’t want to pave my garden as I want to keep it green(ish) and natural. Then a brainwave!!!
Laying slabs down, making patterns with bricks and filling with loose coloured stones type thing. Essentially trying to keep it rustic and natural looking with plants, pots and ornaments popping up from the ground in various places. (hopefully you can picture this)
Originally, I thought of simply removing a little top soil, loosely flattening out and then laying down stones, slabs etc to make little paths and designs. I realise this means it won’t be level and weeds will grow through the gaps (I plan to have gaps between paving with the hope of grass/moss appearing) but not sure if there are other issues I need to be aware of. I have been doing research online and all guidance seem to state to add a mesh layer with sand and create strong bases. Is this really necessary or is it needed for reason I am unaware of? I intend to have a few chairs and a table with the hope of people being able to stand around and chat with a drink or two in the sun so nothing heavy or strenuous is envisaged for the garden.
I hope this makes sense and I look forward to any advice from those who may have attempted something similar.