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I so agree with nishagardener, this was article was a huge disappointment not about low-maintence gardens but patio spaces. There is also water run-off to consider as porous surface areas decrease. I would also like to add many people don't find gravel particulary low-maintence in the long run as it collects dirt and soon starts sprouting volunteer plants. These can be controlled with herbicides but thats not exactly enviromently friendly and leaves little brown plants behind to generate more soil in the gravel...

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Webado Webada

I couldn't live with all the gravel pictured here.

I have some gravel (river stone) along the patio slabs walkway around the house only because there wasn't enough space to have grass that could be mowed properly there. Otherwise it's grass, though, doggone it, the weeds have taken hold yet again. We completely redid our landscaping last summer, ripped up the weedy grass layer and added a new layer of top soil and sod. Now that the new lawn such as it is is finally established, so are the new weeds, including among the gravel :(

We don't have much lawn to start with, mostly everything is slightly raised flower beds with stone borders. Besides it's a small lot anyway (6000 sf), the double circular driveway in uni stone and the house take up more than half of the yard.

Time to mow the weeds I guess. Again ....

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Kathleen Marineau

My theory, if it's green and I can mow it, it's lawn.


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