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Garden Tips: Success With Stones

Mark Tregoweth
Mark Tregoweth

Everyone has an area of their garden that never gets used. Whether it’s a thin strip of land down the side of your house or a boggy patch you try and ignore, stones could be the option.

Adding colour and texture into a property stones come in a variety of shades and grades that can transform a problem spot into a popular location in a few easy steps.

Garden walkways can be a wonderful way to link areas of a garden together. Cutting down on maintenance, stones and stone chips require little attention once they are in place.

First up the toughest decision in introducing stones is deciding what to choose. Coloured stones, river stones, and stone chip can be relatively inexpensive with materials readily available from many garden centres that specialise in bulk bins or landscaping supplies.

With a stone type chosen the next step is preparing the surface the stones will be used for.

Make a sketch of the area you intend to transform, so you have a plan to follow during construction. Putting your design on paper often helps you visualise what the end result will look like. For walkways consider using gradual curves rather than straight lines to add interest to your design.

Measure and mark out the area you intend to use with pegs and a can of spray paint.   Clear the area of vegetation leaving a smooth area for the stones to sit on.

To help keep weeds at bay, use either weedmat or old newspapers to cover the area where stones will be placed. Newspaper will gradually decompose as it protects your garden from weeds whereas weedmat will provide a longer tem option.

Whatever option you choose ensure the area is completely covered before adding the stones.

Next up the stone material you have chosen can be added to your garden. Ideally the layer of stones should be between 10 to 15 centimeters to impede weed growth but shallow enough to walk on.

Completing the look, plants in containers, mosaic pavers, larger focus stones or statues can be used to complete the look, subtly transforming a wasteland into something wonderful.

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