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How to Make a Gravel Bed

In many cases grass becomes too much of a problem to maintain for some for whatever reason; whether it's time constraints or physical strain. If mowing is becoming too much of a chore, here's an option. A great alternative is to replace the grass with gravel. And gravel can provide a different texture to beds than your typical mulch. Unlike mulch requirements, gravel does not need to be replaced or replentished.

This is certainly a labor intensive project so don't feel hesitant to seek the help of professionals.

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How to make a gravel bed:

Step 1: Start by defining the shape or outline of the bed by using rope, twine or in this case a garden hose.

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Step 2: Cut into the grass on the perimeter of the hose with a spade going about 4 inches into the soil.

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Step 3: Remove 4 inches of grass with your spade in the space you have defined as your bed.

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Step 4: Apply a good layer of compost or humus/manure mixture to the soil. This is an important step as your bed won't get the natural compost from decaying mulch.

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Step 5: Sprinkle the compost or manure with a fine spray of water and allow it to settle and firm. Spread 2-3 inches of gravel over the surface. You want the level of gravel to be below the surface of the surrounding grass to help keep the gravel in its place.

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Step 6: Plants can then be planted, but try not to crowd them. You can even place stones or pebbles to enhance the effect.

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Design and pictures by Peter and Kathleen McHoy, The Ultimate Garden Planner



 


 


 

 
 
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