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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Different Gravel Solutions to Use in Landscaping Renovations and Improvements

by Eugene Jones

You may want to do some improvements to the landscaping around your home. Hardscaping will help hide the unsightly areas where grass does not grow or where you want to add features like paths or flower beds. Gravel is a versatile material to use in landscaping design and will improve drainage and add colorful textures. Here are some of the different ways aggregate materials are used in landscaping features:

1. Use Common Aggregate for Landscape Drainage Systems

The drainage around your home keeps water away and protects your foundation. Where there is water that drains too close to your home, you will need to improve the drainage. A great way to give your home better drainage is to use trenches that are filled with aggregate to allow the water to drain away to a dry well or other area away from your home. The drainage can then be covered with a more attractive finish for your landscaping.

2. Add a Finished Look to Paths and Gardens with River Stone Material

Paths are a great solution to hide drainage systems. When you work with the landscaping contractor for the design of drainage system, have them incorporate them into paths. The pavers or stones on paths will hide the drainage aggregate beneath them. The best material for this is a type of river stone or other aggregate that does not have sharp edges. These materials will allow water to drain while still being comfortable to walk on.

3. Use Lava Rocks in the Garden

Lava rocks are a great material for garden areas. They can be placed over a garden area with plants and give the benefit of preventing loss of moisture. Lava stones are sharp, so they are not ideal for areas where people will be walking. The lava materials are also a good solution to hide a dry well that is used for drainage. The well should be in a flowerbed and filled with drainage aggregate. When finishing the flowerbed, cover the well area and the flowerbed to make it look like one solid space.

Aggregates are a great material to use for different landscaping design purposes. If you are getting ready to renovate your landscaping, contact a landscaping service to help with the design of some of these gravel features for your landscaping. The landscaping service will be able to help you with drainage improvements using aggregate materials and hardscaping. 

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