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What are the Best Tips for Creating a Gravel Yard?

By G. Wiesen
Updated May 16, 2024
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There are many different tips and tricks a person should consider when creating a gravel yard, most of which involve proper planning and execution in creating the yard. One of the most important tips for using gravel to create a landscape is to remove and kill any grass or weeds present and use plastic sheeting to keep them from coming back. The color and texture of the gravel chosen can also have a dramatic impact on the final results of the yard. Care should also be taken in making sure the gravel is ready before using it to create a gravel yard.

A gravel yard is a landscape, or part of a landscape, that uses small rocks, usually called gravel, rather than plants or dirt. Before creating a gravel landscape, however, any existing plants such as grass or weeds should be removed and killed. It is typically best to remove such plants and then treat the area thoroughly with a powerful weed killer. This should be allowed to soak into the ground for a few days before a second application of the weed killer is applied.

Plastic sheeting should then be laid down over the area that is going to be turned into a gravel yard; this plastic can be purchased at many hardware or gardening suppliers. Care should be taken when laying down the plastic sheeting to ensure it covers the ground thoroughly; overlapping the plastic at any seems is also a good idea. While laying down plastic, the person creating a gravel yard should also consider any patterns he or she wants to make in the yard. Plastic dividers often used as edging for flower beds can be used to create borders for different areas of gravel.

The gravel used in creating a gravel yard should also be carefully considered. Gravel can come in many different sizes and colors: “pea gravel” typically refers to very small gravel about the size of a pea, while larger stones can also be used. Mixed gravel usually includes different colors and types of stone, though one particular type of stone can also be used, such as red rock or soap stone. By choosing different types of gravel for a gravel yard, different patterns can be created through various textures, colors, and sizes.

Care should also be taken regarding how the gravel is treated before it is used on a gravel yard. If the gravel has too much dirt mixed with it, then the dirt can become a bed in which weeds can grow. It may be necessary to sift the gravel and separate it from any dirt before laying it out on the plastic sheets, though a small amount of dirt is typically not a problem and it will naturally settle below the gravel.

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Discussion Comments
By Sporkasia — On Oct 27, 2014

I have a gravel driveway and I absolutely love it. I like the look of it, and I like the sound car tires make when they are rolling on the gravel surface. I wouldn't think of replacing it with concrete or asphalt.

By Feryll — On Oct 26, 2014

I have always thought gravel and rocks would be a good way to add some variety to our yard and to make the yard more appealing to look at. I really like the white gravel and rocks because they really standout against the usual colors you have in the yard. However, I never looked into buying any gravel because I assumed crating a gravel yard would be way too expensive because of gravel prices.

Now that I have actually taken the time to price gravel, I am pleased to say that it is affordable for us and I am looking forward to creating a gravel yard at our house.

By Drentel — On Oct 26, 2014

One of my friends has dogs and he had a problem with fleas for a couple of years. He tried a long list of things to get rid of the fleas and still he had a yard infested with fleas, which led to dogs with fleas and then a house with fleas. Unless you have had them in your house, you have no idea how quickly they can multiply and how irritating they are.

After he tried all of those ways to get rid of the fleas, someone told him that the way to get rid of them was to create areas where they can't live. What he suggested was that my friend put as much gravel as possible in his yard. Supposedly the fleas are unable to thrive in the gravel and the population eventually drops to a less noticeable size.

I can't say with 100 percent certainty that this works, but my friend said he had fewer fleas in his yard after he brought in the gravel. Whether that was because of the gravel or something else I can't say, but he believed the gravel was the reason.

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