How to stop gravel from getting into your garden bed

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Gravel driveways and paths are a popular choice with many property owners as not only are they cheap to install, but they can also look great too. Unfortunately, there is a major downside to gravel drives that is not an issue with other types of hard landscaping - the stones move everywhere!

Whilst they are cheaper than other driveway and path options, gravel driveways do require a greater level of maintenance. The gravel is not fixed, which means that is requires regular flattening and maintenance. Possibly the worst aspects of a gravel drive or path is that it can spread onto lawns and gardens. Removing individual stones can be extremely time consuming. Fortunately, there are a few techniques that you can use to prevent gravel ending up where it shouldn't be.

Ensure your gravel is the right depth - If your gravel is too deep, it will be hard to walk on, and your feet will sink in, causing gravel to fly out of the perimeters. However, if the gravel level is too shallow, the gravel will not stay grounded and will also end up in your garden. Gravel should normally be between 2 to 3 times the size chosen for your gravel driveway.

Create boundaries - Far too often, gravel driveways and paths are installed with insufficient borders. If the boundary of the gravel is not high enough, the gravel can be moved whilst walking or driving over the drive, as well as movement from heavy rain. Borders that are near lawns and gardens should be at least 1 inch above the gravel level. Higher borders will help prevent gravel getting in to your gardens.

Stabilising system - There are a number of products available that sit underneath the gravel and help keep it from spreading. They use small chambers to hold most of the lower gravel, whilst only the top layers can freely move. These systems reduce the spread of gravel, and also enable gravel to be used on slopes.

Consider a different option - Whilst gravel is cheap, and can look great is properly installed, it isn't always the best option. For veggie gardens paths, a reclaimed stone path would be better suited, and not only would you not have to contend with stray gravel, but you will also have more usable space in your garden.


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