How to Lay a Gravel Garden Bed

If you're looking for a low maintenance garden that also provides some interest, then gravel could be the answer you're looking for.

Gravel is a great alternative to grass and can be used for pathways, any outdoor seating areas and areas where plants won't grow. Plus, you'll be bringing in different colours and textures to your garden which adds interest to your garden.

Reasons to use gravel in your garden

 

  • It creates a neat-looking groundcover
  • It reduces water evaporation
  • You'll be alerted to anyone approaching due to the noise it creates when it's walked on
  • Weeds are suppressed

 

How to choose the right gravel for your garden 

Gravel comes in lots of different sizes, so if you are using gravel for your paths then you will want to choose something that is more comfortable underfoot. If you're using it to complement pond areas then you'll need to make sure it is fish friendly.

Generally speaking, the finer the gravel, the more comfortable it is to walk on.

Then there's the wide range of colour options to choose from, and it's here that you can choose something to complement the colour of your house, as well as making sure it's in keeping with the style of your garden. For instance, black stones are more suited to contemporary styles, while a golden gravel is more fitting for a traditional style garden.

How to lay gravel

  • Start preparing the area by turning over the soil and removing any weeds. You can also dig in some well-rotted garden compost and, on heavy soil, add coarse sand or grit to improve drainage.
  • Cut a piece of weed-suppressing membrane to fit the area you're wanting to gravel. For larger areas, you’ll have to join several strips together. Leave a generous overlap along each edge and pin securely in place.
  • If you want to plant any borders surrounding any gravelled areas, do this beforehand so you don't end up with soil on top as this will promote the growth of weeds. 
  • Spread a layer of gravel over the membrane. Be generous so as to prevent the membrane from showing through, and level with a rake. Usually 2–3 inches should do it.
  • If you are laying gravel next to a lawn then you'll need to add in an edge to prevent gravel going onto the grass. Shop our range of edging

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