Should I slate-chip this
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This area is a corner of my front forecourt garden. I'm fed up of the weeds and am keen to make the base more attractive. I'm considering laying down either slate or bark chips. All I have learned is - bark chips can be placed on top of soil and may not stop weeds coming through, but slate chips require weed lining first.
What I'd like to know is - should I really be considering slate chips, since there are plants, not in containers, to be retained in this area? How would these shrubs take water if there is weed liner and slate down? Would I slate everywhere but leave the bases of the shrubs and trees unchipped? Perhaps at the base apply some bark chips instead? The combo could look quite good.
Plants you see in the pictures:
- Front hedge.
- Flowering shrub - pyrus of some kind, apparently?
- Sweet-smelling, white-flowering shrub, growing awkwardly in background.
- Large conifer-type tree.
- Smaller tree, which is impinging on the larger tree and I think I should remove.
Thanks for your thoughts.