Putting down gravel or better ideas?
I said to my friend that I'll try and help her with her front garden.
It's a new build and as you can see the weeds have taken over!
I don't know that much about gardening but the ground below the turf seems poor and can't tell if it's sod or fine rubble! I don't think all areas are the same. You can't really shove a spade deeper than the turf in most areas.
Our ideas and imagination are fairly limited which is why for easy maintenance's sake we decided gravel should go down instead and then work out what plants, rocks, features to put in afterwards. Probably the typical 10mm pea shingle will be used unless anyone has better options?
So my basic plan is to:
Is that basically it or am I heading towards a disaster?
- Spray the area with strong weed killer (maybe not essential but just to make it easier when the time comes).
- Remove the turf and compact the ground a bit. I think the garden is at a slight slant but would that cause any problems putting down gravel?
- Whack in a border around the tree.
- Put down weed membrane.
- Split the gravel bags open and spread it around.
Does there need to be some kind of separation between the paving slabs and gravel? They'll be level with each other.
That all said, if you can think of better alternative that doesn't require anything technical and around the same budget then please let me know.
Thanks very much.