Ideas For Upgrading Your Front Garden With Gravel

Some people prefer garden sleepers while some others are looking for different approaches. Are you ready for gravel in your front garden? After a long day at work, you want to go home, grab a book, and relax next to a delicious tea or lemonade. Is your garden dull, and you would like more sections? Are you a homeowner looking for garden ideas?

A beautiful garden with gravel

Well, bring some gravel into your outdoor space and upgrade your greenery. It could be just around the pergola or the kitchen garden! A gravel path is also a great idea to hardscape, even if you have a small backyard!

What is gravel?

Gravels are sedimentary rocks consisting of fragments of rocks and rounded minerals, ranging in size from 2 to 50 mm, which form in the rivers, on the coast, or in areas occupied by glaciers. The common types of gravel to choose from for your garden are: chippings, river rocks, marble, quartz stone, limestone, and granite.

When landscaping, take into account even the smallest details, like material’s texture, colour, size, or shape, and you’ll get to the conclusion that gravel is an ideal and affordable choice for garden design.

What are the benefits of having a front garden with gravel?

While round stones in different sizes are ideal for front garden borders, raised beds or as decoration, this type of gravel is not recommended for garden paths. Instead, you might go for materials that, even if they are less attractive and decorative, can form a solid and safe path, which also helps to drain the water or for decking. Gravel can have both decorative and practical roles in the garden; certain types of stones can create good mulch for plants and can be used for DIY landscaping design ideas.

Here are some of the advantages of using gravel and decorative stones:

  • They have a decorative role and personalize the space.
  • They are perfect for filling the gaps of the lawn.
  • They are ideal for delimiting certain areas and alleys.
  • They are suitable for masking unsightly areas of the garden.
  • They are natural, granulated, or rounded in various colours and sizes.
  • They reduce soil erosion and substantially reduce the appearance of weeds.
  • They are low maintenance: no mowing, less water because you will not water as much as an entirely green garden.
  • They are easy to find, cheap to buy, and simple to transport.
  • They are ideal for DIY projects.  

A brilliant garden with gravel

Gravel is an accessible and aesthetic solution for many ornamental ideas that take a garden out of anonymity. They’re always bringing an added elegance to such a space, thanks to the texture. Break the monotony of the landscape and bring a little vitality to any décor, creating small lines of demarcation that meander wherever your ideas want. It is easy to use the material, and it comes with visual effects that you can bet on.

Its relatively low cost, the environmental benefits of preventing water runoff and soil erosion, and the additional feature of good integration with almost any landscaping ideas are the reasons to choose gravel for your garden.

How to choose the right gravel for your garden design?

Attractive and simple solutions are achieved by decorating and landscaping the garden using different type of gravel and decorative stones.

Give the garden beautiful accents using gravel in different colours to match and integrate very well into the chromatic ensemble of the space. Measure your creativity and imagination by choosing different DIY projects in which the central element is gravel. Your garden can come to life not only through plants, flowers, and trees but also through original creations, ornaments easy to master in good measure. Combine bricks with gravel to create superb contrasts in the garden through attractive geometric shapes.

Break a long stretch of gravel with pavers, wooden boards, or stone slabs. The landscape suddenly gains an extra dynamism and variety. Alternatively, a simple gravel path can get you through the garden, taking your steps to your home’s front door. The raised bed that bends over the alley creates a natural, pleasant, welcoming doorway. Again, simple and effective!

Some plants flourishing between gravel

What type of gravel suits your small garden?

Beyond other aspects, you should also consider the general view of the garden. Moreover, where is the focal point when you look at the garden? What is the main element or the purpose?  For example, where dark green predominates, you can accessorize the garden with a pale row of white or grey rocks. You do not have to add another level of contrast, but choose a toned colour that does not stray from the main attraction. Different gravel types are more suitable for certain purposes.

Granite

The angular granite stones are obtained by breaking granite rocks that result in reddish-tent gravel. In certain types of granite, there are also coloured particles that shine in the sunlight, giving the gravel a special appearance. Granite gravel is extremely hard wearing, making it ideal for footpaths and driveways. Due to the variety of colours, granite gravel can also decorate the garden in a rustic style or act as an excellent mulch for garden plants.

Pea stones

Pea gravel consists of small and round quartz stones about the size of a pea, hence its name. It is usually found in brown colours, with some additional bronze or white stones. You can use it to give a kerb appeal to the paths or to fill the spaces in the areas of the garden where you put larger stone tiles.

River stones

The river stones are slightly larger than the pea gravel, having a diameter of slightly more than 2.5 centimetres. Found in a variety of colours, the river stones are used to decorate water features (fountains, ponds) or in other various decorations around trees or flower beds.

Some river stones that are going to be used as gravel

Beach pebbles

The beach pebbles have a fine texture and round shape. The beach gravel has a dark grey uniform colour. This type of gravel has a more decorative role in the garden, can be placed in flower pots, around trees or for the delimitation of footpaths.

Play with shapes! Find a spot in the garden where you can build and put together with stones and vegetation so that the landscape can gain vitality through shapes, textures, and colours. The energy that such a decoration reflects will boost your mood and optimism levels.

The steps of creating your garden gravel

Many people love flowers and can’t imagine their beautiful gardens without them. If you are one of these people, then you know those garden decorations made of gravel and flowers are beautiful.

Make a sketch of what you’d like your garden to look like first. Then make a list of what materials you need. Have a chat with a garden designer. Buy flowers of different sizes and colours to complement your décor. Don’t forget the succulent plants that look great and don’t require a lot of attention. For flower bedsuse gravel with a vivid colouration that stands out. Blue, red, white, yellow or any colour you think will fit better with the architecture of the house. Large stones can also be important decoration elements.  For alleys, you can use stone or wooden slabs to combine with gravel of different colours.

1. Prepare the ground

First, you will have to choose the right location for your gravel pathway, mark along and start digging. Remove about 10 cm depth of soil, maintain an even bottom and check to keep the depth by using a tape measure.

A gardening tool for levelling and clearing the soil

2. Optionally, how do I choose plants?

The Mediterranean and Alpine species such as lavender, thyme or yellow iris are always a good idea, for example. It is also possible to plant shrubs (e.g., hydrangeas), grasses, boxwood or topiary plants.

3. Use landscape fabric as ground cover

To prevent weed growth, a layer of landscape fabric will keep minimal maintenance of the gravel pathway.

4. Which gravel is best suited to this type of development?

We recommend stones measuring at least 10 mm; smaller stones are more likely to get stuck in the shoes or washed away by heavy rain and strong wind. As far as colour is concerned, it’s your choice, but we recommend that you turn to neutral colours such as white or grey. 

5. The installation of gravel

Now all you have to do is place your stones around your plants. Water your plants very often during the first few weeks, and make sure to clean them regularly for a nice look.

For a harmonious landscape and a low maintenance front garden, you may consider the following:

  • Visit a specific store to receive more details from a specialist consultant. You can find very varied decorative stone assortments, both in colour and granulation. From immaculate white mosaic to mustard yellow, grey or even classic salt and pepper, with granulation from 3-5 mm to 4-6 cm.
  • To highlight the stones, you can integrate them into the garden among flowers, bushes, shrubs and even fish ponds.  
  • When deciding on the model, choose between symmetry or irregular shapes.
  • A rocky landscape can be an excellent base for a lot of potted plants.
  • Alternate smooth, white, flat and jagged, dark, small stone for a really brilliant effect.
  • The gravel becomes boring and uninspired when it covers a large area.    
  • If you have square stones, they are predictable and boring. A nice spin of this rule is alternating them diagonally. This makes the scene very interesting.
  • Clean the gravel regularly. Due to its size and small weight, it could jump and spill into other elements of the landscape. So clean it up and keep the patterns tidy.
  • Don’t put it in the dark corners of the garden that you rarely see.

A wonderful garden with gravel

How to clean your gravel?

How do you clean the gravel and the little white pebbles in the garden aisle? Over time, gravels tend to turn black due to bad weather and pollution, or green due to the moss that invades it. So, obviously, the aesthetics of the garden suffers. Find out what are the natural solutions to remove dirt and weeds and restore the gravel to its original whiteness and appearance.

Once a week, the routine maintenance of the gravel driveway consists of using the leaf blower> and pouring on a solution of bicarbonate. The blower is the ideal tool to remove debris accumulated on the gravel. The addition of 4 large tablespoons of baking soda poured down the aisle will naturally prevent the appearance of mosses and maintain the whiteness of the pebbles by whitening them safely for planting.

Ready to clean the gravel in more steps?

  1. Soda crystals
    If the driveway is very dirty, use a brush broom and a solution consisting of hot water and some soda crystals (1 litre of hot water for a cup of crystals). Rinse with cold water.
  2. Watering garden
    Using the garden hose, flood the gravel. The water will take the debris away.
  3. High-pressure jet
    Any high-pressure jet can clean the gravel, but be careful of this rather aggressive method. Do not use it more than once a year on your gravel garden, and make sure to choose a full sun day.

A full of plants garden with a gravel

Upgrading your garden is a very essential part of feeling good when you’re in your outdoor space. And the truth is that you can achieve a brilliant aesthetic with many different methods. Laying gravel is one of them and you can easily try DIY-ing it. No need to be an expert! All you need is the right tools and a great plan! Follow our guide and you’ll be able to make your garden reach a whole new level. What are you waiting for?

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