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Laying Gravel

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by FatherBean, 8 Apr 2021 at 7:53 PM.

  1. FatherBean


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    United Kingdom
    Hi all,

    Have begun the process of removing grass in my front garden, have tilled the compacted soil for levelling. The bit we are doing is a square and we are going to replant a hedge at the front, have some raised beds down one side and a square of plants in the middle. The rest we are going to put down gravel for, only some slabs for pots. Foot traffic will be for weeding/planting/maintenance etc, so light in terms of footfall.

    I've been trying to look around for how to do this properly and would like some advice. My plan would be to:

    Tamp down soil
    Make some mortar and lay slabs
    Put down weed membrane on the rest
    Add stones

    The beds/hedge have a small border fence, just slatted with some spike in to ground. They will also be mulched with bark.

    However, I've seen some places say I need substrate, some say sand and mot1 stuff, others say it's fine. The soil is clay.

    Any advice please? Thanks
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  3. Nige F

    Nige F

    28 Jun 2005
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    United Kingdom
    The gravel - recommend 20mm - will be fine on the weed membrane, on the soil. Don't lay it too deep - my neighbour has about 100mm or more depth and it's like walking on a pebble beach, makes the postman take the long way round :ROFLMAO:
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