Landscaping

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    Feb 18, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    Ok, I need some help from people with a good gardening thumb.

    I have a small yard which right now looks like garbage because of where the dogs have dug the lack of grass etc. I'm thinking about starting rennovations on it this weekend. One of my ideas is to do a walking path from the patio to the gate, and then making another path and making a little sitting area. Facing out to where I plan to plant more stuff.

    That being said, aside from the pavers, I'm not sure if I want to use gravel, or mulch to fill in the gaps. If I use gravel, I run the risk of having one of the dogs hurt their paws, on the other hand if I use mulch (cedar chips), they're more likely to use the bathroom on it which would defeat the purpose of making a path to begin with. I think the gravel would look better myself, and my dogs would most probably go around it.

    Any thoughts?



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    Feb 18, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    Can you use rounded pebble stones instead of gravel? They might not hurt the dogs' paws.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 18, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    you could try decomposed granite
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    Feb 18, 2009 10:05 PM GMT
    Use mulch at first.
    Live with it for a while.
    Then if you decide the plan needs adjusting, it's easy.
    ...easier than if you had to move gravel.

    Later you can rake out the mulch, dig out the top soil and use gravel.
    After the gravel packs down, it won't hurt the dogs' paws at all.

    ...and it'll be ready for pavers if you go that route.

    You may want to think about edging for gravel containment...and to keep the pavers from migrating.
  • joeindallas

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    Feb 18, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    could get pea or rice stone very small stones. Maybe a Zen garden low maintence and can be relaxing raking it
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    Feb 18, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    I'd go with pea gravel or the larger river rock, with weed fabric underneath.
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    Feb 18, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    Mono Grass between the gaps of the paves. Looks good.
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    Feb 18, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    My dogs always ran around barefoot on things much worse than gravel. This baffles me why it may be a concern.
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    Feb 18, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
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    Feb 18, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    hahaha...landscaping. when i first saw the post i was so not thinking about actual landscaping but rather manscaping...gutter! damn it what a bust!
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    Feb 18, 2009 11:25 PM GMT
    Between the pavers, I used plain black sand (basalt) from the quarry. Some grass and weed seeds sprouted in it, but I keep it down with a string trimmer. After a couple of years, a nice moss fills all the gaps. I'm gradually extending it over the whole driveway area.

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    Feb 19, 2009 1:50 AM GMT
    Yeah, pea stones are small enough and rounded enough not to hurt your dog's paws, though they might still use it to hide their dogpoop. LOL

    How about making a brick pathway instead? No gaps but doesn't really look natural.

    Or you can use slate slabs (the irregular ones) and fill the gaps in with cement. Looks natural too, if a bit slippery at times, heh.
  • metta

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    Feb 19, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    another possible option is to use very small river stones that way they will be more smooth. I have seen this in different forms at both Home Depot and Lowes

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    Feb 19, 2009 3:37 AM GMT
    personaly i landscape every morning. I prefer a smooth lawn and no bushes. Trim the hedges around the arms, and the neighbors will be happy all day icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 19, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    I am not sure if it is marketed in your area but the shredded cedder works well with a weed barrier put down first. My family produces the cedder mulch from native eastern red cedar which grows abundantly in this area, it is packaged and sold to Wal Mart, Home Depot, and Lowes.
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    Feb 19, 2009 5:16 AM GMT
    Interesting ideas. I've got a lot to mull over.

    I'll probably go with mulch for the path, and stones for the seating area which will probably be just a bench facing the rest of the yard. I'll probably just keep it simple for now so if I decide to change something it won't be too huge of an ordeal.

    Thanks for the input.
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    Feb 19, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    Dog paws are ok on pea stones.. Cats don't much care for it though.

    Plant lots of Hostas.. They have to me a favorite of mine.. They come back year after year. Just plant them away from paths as the grow very large over time. A span of 4 ft I've seen. But you can split the plant up if this becomes the case and plant it in other locations. Chicks are nice on rocks, they spread over everything. I love rock gardens. They take care of themselves.

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    Feb 19, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    Check out Blue Max Materials here in Charlotte they a flat-rock which can be used to create more natural lookign walks, patio - I have a similar issue with my boxer and think that is what I will lay out, allow some grass to grom between and it shouldn't effect him (the dog) at all