Sunday, July 6, 2008

Rock & roll.



For a long time I thought I would just tear up the old concrete slab and pour some crushed gravel in the backyard and call it good.

I may still do that.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah.....my favorite part of my backyard is the spot(partere?)surrounded by boxwood and filled with pea gravel. I always seem to end up at the table there with friends and several bottles of wine. It is shady during the day and I only have to rake a bit to spruce up. I like the crunch under my feet. This area is under an old tree and also has lots of white hydrangea and hosta. Lights up at night. Go for it Decorno....! Ginny

Anonymous said...

Does Rickey go back there? It couldn't be a treat for him to walk on gravel, right?

decorno said...

He does go back there (Rickey is my pug, for those of you joining the program). I don't think he would love the gravel, but half the yard is grass and he mostly hangs out there torturing his weird squeaky toy (and us, with the damn noise) and sniffs around at curious plants. I think he could survive the gravel. On walks he will off-road a bit and walk on gravel so I think he could deal. But you're right... maybe not the best thing for his paws.

Kathleen said...

We used finely crushed gravel, what we call stone dust in my area. The mason tamped down with a machine, which compressed it. It's an inexpensive way to create a patio. Looks good, too.

Anonymous said...

Then too, it's a drag when random weeds start sprouting up among the gravel. It looks like crap, and it's hard to weed. Maybe the tamping thing would prevent that though.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Go for the grave—you won't regret it, I promise you. If only for the lovely crunch underfoot alone.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

gravel!

decorno said...

You're trying to kill me, huh?

:)

Anonymous said...

I much prefer the blunt advice:

"Go for the grave--you won't regret it, I promise you."

An Aesthete's Lament said...

My chow chow hates the gravel at our place but has learned to walk around it ... then again she also finds its warmth welcoming on a hot day and just sprawls across it ...

Anonymous said...

My landscaper put a fiber liner of some sort under the area and not a weed has appeared in the 2years since.
I love the look of it and everyone seems to gravitate to this area. Ginny

Fifi Flowers said...

There you go... crushed granite or tiny pebbles... you will have a French country garden!
A lot less than pavers... I thousands worth... love the look... hate the price ;(

She Who Must Be Obeyed said...

I've got gravel and I love it, but I spend too much time dealing with the needles of conifers , which decompose in the gravel and then host weeds, and leaves from deciduous trees. The damn stuff doesn't sweep well! My dog isn't bothered a bit by it, of course his main focus is on squirrels, not ground cover.

Anonymous said...

Once gravel gets dirty, it never really looks like it did when new.

Anonymous said...

I knew gravel and my underwear had something in common. I just couldn't put my finger on it.

Cote de Texas said...

anon is full of it, literally it sounds like. i have gravel and it still looks great ten years later. Only once have I replinshed it. your dog will be fine with it. it's so easy too with pets, - you just scoop up the poop and fling it in the beds - instant fertilizer. do it, and Do NOT put a liner underneath it. the dog's pee will stand on the plastic liner and go nowhere and will stink to high heavens in the heat. we had a liner for a while, - it's nasty. don't do it. just put some weed killer down first. so French - you will love it.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

Love it.

franki durbin said...

"I'll go tally the votes...."

Gravel it is.