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How To Make A Garden With Gravel

How To Make A Garden With Gravel

Have you ever wondered how all those expert landscapers get their ideas for amazing garden transformations? 

Well, the best way to find out is to get stuck into some gardening and try your hand at a new project to see what you can achieve in your garden space. 

Big garden or small garden, sometimes the best way to get creative in your outdoor space is just to get started with a simple project. One such simple project that is quick to complete and beautiful to look at, is a gravel garden.  Never made a gravel garden before? Not to worry!

We have a simple to follow five-step guide for how to make a garden with gravel – the perfect project for beginner and experienced gardeners alike...

How To Make A Garden With Gravel

You’ll need to make sure that the area for your gravel garden is weed-free and that the soil is carefully tilled with your chosen compost. If you’re digging down, then make sure that you’re happy with the shape and placement of the garden. It can often be easier to use the existing surface level and contain the gravel with a border

Your Five-Step Guide to Making a Beautiful Gravel Garden

Our guide will take you through the basic steps of building a new gravel garden, but there is no reason why you can’t get creative at each stage, and tailor the garden to your tastes. When it comes to gardening, it really pays to think outside of the box and let your imagination loose!

Let’s dive right in with the preparation stage…

Step One: Prepare the Base of the Area

All great outdoor projects, from building a driveway to constructing a conservatory, start with preparing the ground.

You’ll need to make sure that the area for your gravel garden is weed-free and that the soil is carefully tilled with your chosen compost. If you’re digging down, then make sure that you’re happy with the shape and placement of the garden. It can often be easier to use the existing surface level and contain the gravel with a border. 

How To Make A Garden With Gravel

You can buy edging and bordering material straight from the store, or even make your own with spare bricks, wood, or really anything that you think will be suitable

Step Two: Create a Border to Keep the Gravel Contained

Crafting the boarder of your gravel garden is one of the best places to get creative and try out some unusual ideas. The key requirements here are to make sure that the border is secure, is capable of keeping the gravel contained, and allows for good drainage. 

You can buy edging and bordering material straight from the store, or even make your own with spare bricks, wood, or really anything that you think will be suitable. 

Step Three: Lay a Weed Membrane 

Step three is something that you’re going to be thankful for later down the line – a weed membrane. Gravel surfaces are notorious for weed problems, so laying a weed membrane is essential if you don’t want hours’ worth of weeding to be in your future. 

The membrane is easy to lay once it has been cut to size and very easy to secure, just weigh it down and the gravel will take care of the rest later.

How To Make A Garden With Gravel

The right plants will really refresh the look of your garden, and luckily, there are plenty of plants that suit gravel superbly!

Step Four: Choose Your Plants

Now is the chance to really have fun - it’s time to pick the plants for your gravel garden. The right plants will really refresh the look of your garden, and luckily, there are plenty of plants that suit gravel. 

Try finding some aromatic herbs or beautiful Mediterranean plants – you’ll mostly find that these thrive in a gravel garden.

A good mix of bulbs and shrubs with really add variety to your gravel garden. Some top plants to consider, include:

•    Rosmarinus
•    Lavandula
•    Allium
•    Nerine bowdenii
•    Yucca
•    Thymus

To plant your chosen flowers or herbs, carefully cut an appropriately sized hole in the weed membrane layer. 

How To Make A Garden With Gravel

Be careful to lay the gravel in an even layer around your plants and water them a couple of times a week. Now, you can sit back and enjoy your new gravel garden!

Step Five: Carefully Add the Gravel

The last step is to add the gravel to your garden and finally turn it into a gravel garden. You still have some top options for customisation here, as there are plenty of types and varieties of gravel to choose from. 

Be careful to lay the gravel in an even layer around your plants and water them a couple of times a week. Now, you can sit back and enjoy your new gravel garden!

How To Make A Garden With Gravel

No matter your experience in the garden, you deserve to enjoy your hard work in the summer and the winter, with a garden path that stays looking amazing all through the year!

Finish Your Gravel Garden with the Perfect Garden Surface!

Want to enjoy your gravel garden in the best way possible, why not consider installing some garden paths?

Resin bound surfacing is a great option for garden paths. It isn’t slippery, it allows for great drainage, and it can be designed to match your gravel garden, without having to rely on loose stones. 

A resin surface can be used to create driveways, paths, and patios, making it a diverse product to use around your home; achieving that kind of consistency in design that can truly make a home stand out from the crowd. 

No matter your experience in the garden, you deserve to enjoy your hard work in the summer and the winter, with a garden path that stays looking amazing all through the year. 

Itching to begin your garden transformation today? Give our expert team at Home Logic on 0800 1700 636, or click the button below; we’re always happy to offer up ideas for the perfect garden transformation with resin!