Droughtproof your garden – use gravel instead of grass.

Droughtproof your garden – use gravel instead of grass.

Gravel seating area

If this summer’s dry spell has ruined your lawn, what are you going to do going forward?

Save water and time-use gravel in the garden

We have the threat of regular hosepipe bans looming in the future, and the grass in your garden is destined to stay brown and parched for many weeks to come.  With the prospect of more summers in the future being this hot and dry, it may be time to reconsider the place of the traditional lawn in UK landscaping schemes.

At Stoneworld we urge you to consider gravel as a suitable alternative for larger landscaped areas.

A bulk delivery of gravel can be spread relatively quickly and will give your parched garden an instant new look.  Using strategically placed feature stones, planted pots or raised beds could be a revelation, immediately & dramatically reducing the maintenance requirements in the garden, with less time spent mowing and watering.  Plus future proofing it against a repeated summer like the one we have experienced  this year (2018).

How to incorporate gravel into your garden

In the UK the traditional green lawn has long been the emblem of the British garden. However, think Tuscan villa or French chateau, and you will recall that gravel gardening is a style of landscaping that is frequently used in hotter countries.

In the UK garden designer Beth Chatto championed the ‘dry garden’ many years ago for her particular conditions in the East of England.  She successfully incorporated beautiful draught resistant planting schemes through a vast gravel garden.

Now we all need to think how to manage these conditions in our gardens.  With edges softened using plants such as lavender or thyme, very striking, and usable outdoor spaces can be created.

 

 

 

 

Which gravel to choose

The many different colours and sizes of gravel available for this kind of landscaping will ensure you can create a unique garden for your home. The better stone merchants will have a wider choice available.

Crushed granite or basalt makes angular gravel that binds well when laid. It is available in several striking colours such as  red, black, green, which can add great contrast to your scheme.

Slate can create beautiful landscaping schemes with its flatter shards of stone, which lay flatter due to their shape.  Slate is also ideal for using as a mulch around plants to suppress weed growth. Slate is available in: green, plum and blue.

For a lighter scheme Cotswold chippings have a paler colour which makes a lovely mellow backdrop to planting schemes.

You could also create a dry river bed scheme using pebbles & cobbles of various sizes to mimic the natural gradation of a river bed, with interspersed planting to soften the look.

 

dry river bed idea

 

 

 

 

Depending on the intended use of the area, we can advise you on preparation work required before the gravel is laid.

Not only will a gravel garden refresh your garden this year, improving the appearance immediately, it will reduce maintenance requirements saving you time and money going forward.

Please read a previous blog for suggested gravels available and further advice on using gravel in the garden>>

 

 

 

 

 

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