Comments (69)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
foxii

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...

15 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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 ....

1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Kathleen Marineau

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

4 Likes    

Related Stories

10 Surefire Ways to Boost Curb Appeal
A designer shares her top 10 tips for sprucing up the front of a house
Full Story
Trending Now: Cool Off With 10 Patios That Keep Temperatures Down
See the latest ideas for outdoor rooms, including shade structures, water features and accessories
Full Story
We Can Dream: Look at All You Can Do With an Outbuilding
A bonus living space in the backyard expands the possibilities for work, family and fun. Here are 10 ways to imagine one
Full Story
11 Cool Shade Ideas for Summer
When summer sun (or rain) is too much of a good thing, slip on some shades to make the most of the outdoors
Full Story
Before and After: 9 Small-Bathroom Makeovers That Wow
Ready to remodel? Get inspired by these bathroom projects that come in at less than 60 square feet
Full Story
Water-Saving Strategies From 5 Earth-Friendly Gardens
Get ideas for setting up a rain garden, installing a water cistern, mulching garden beds, growing native plants and more
Full Story
10 Lounge-Worthy Patios, Porches and Decks
Little touches like lighting and a cushy spot to sink into can transform any outdoor space
Full Story
How to Create a Mini Outdoor Retreat
Escape into a secluded garden nook or small seating area where you can relax, recharge or host friends
Full Story
Houzz Tour: A Country Cottage Opens to Hudson River Views
New steel doors and windows, an inky exterior, and clean architectural changes update a New York family’s weekend home
Full Story