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A Stone Alternative To Lawns

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Green lawns are only as good as they look. Luxurious emerald carpets require such a sensitive approach to both creation and care, that many gardeners sooner or later look at their alternatives. The most popular option is the use of flowering meadows and groundcovers, minimizing both mowing and other worries. But they are not the only option. A full-fledged rival of lawns can be stone in all its variety. Gravel and crushed stone crunching under your feet, a combination of paving and floral inserts, as well as stone and water - there is a lot to choose from. © shapirodidway


  • Benefits of stone alternatives to lawn
  • Aristocratic softness underfoot
  • Paved areas and mixed surfaces
  • Water garden for walking

Benefits of stone alternatives to lawn

Garden is often the object from which you draw when arranging a site, the place that defines its structure, character and functional zoning. If you decide to save yourself from the constant labor-intensive care and concern, and choose alternative design options, the design process changes dramatically.

These areas are placed in the plan or determine not in the first but almost in the last place, after flower beds, squares and important functional objects are considered as a means of playing with free space. Of course, you can apply a classical approach, but more often stone filling or paving fill the "gaps".

Playout of any alternative options to the lawn design of flat areas is fundamentally different from the lawn: it does not require any special effort, or careful handling of the soil, or such a long period of preparation. And if you have to take care of creating glades of groundcovers to create comfortable conditions for plants, stone sites to break easier and faster, they can be arranged and as a replacement for the lawn, and as part of the rearrangement of the garden. The only exception - stone alternatives to lawns associated with water bodies, which requires careful planning and engineering calculations.

To consider stone as a full-fledged replacement for green lawns for large gardens is very difficult. This alternative was born as part of the search for new solutions for small plots, as a result of experimentation with an unconventional approach to landscaping and the search for multifunctional solutions.

The stone alternatives to lawns include:

  1. Crushed stone or gravel.
  2. Paving and variations that make the covering more varied
  3. A water garden
A stone alternative to lawns
Combined design of the site instead of lawn

But whatever stone alternative to the lawn and however complex the arrangement may be, the main thing is not to forget that, unlike the lawn, such a site must be skillfully landscaped, linking it with the rest of the garden.

Flowerbeds and flowerbeds are brought to the site itself, and most often literally "run" on it to create a sense of naturalness and softness. Even in a regular garden, either a series of flowering islands, or potted, caddy and sculptural accents are introduced for harmony. Places of stone simply look dull and lifeless, and sometimes make a strikingly dull and gloomy impression. And the only way to change this monotony is to use the symbiosis of stone and plants in a new light.

Aristocratic softness underfoot

The easiest to create and maintain but equal in function to lawns are all areas covered with pebbles or gravel. Soft surfaces for paths and as an alternative to paving on the terrace, and in recreation areas has long won its fans in the West, but we have come into vogue relatively recently.

The main advantage of soft courts - resistance to rain and saving resistance to wear, regardless of the season. In contrast to the lawn, you can walk on them even after the rain, even in winter, even in early spring. They never turn into a swamp, do not get dirty, always look flawless, easily corrected, can withstand any movement. And they are so easy to introduce "islands" of plants, add unexpected accents, change the structure, shape and even style with simple manipulations.

A stone alternative to lawns
Gravel instead of lawn

Pebble, crushed stone, gravel - the option of coatings are not limited to classics and standard options. Building supermarkets and stone retailers now offer a selection of different types of stone, gradations and even different decorative illusions. Unpleasant to walk rubble has long been superseded by rounded, fine ground crumbs and pebbles that rustle underfoot and are not felt by feet.

All soft surfaces are very simple to install. Leveled soil, a cushion of sand, non-woven material to prevent weeds, and a layer of your choice of crumbstone are all concerns.

If you want to set up a playground for children, choose sand instead of crumbstone. Coarse-grained colored sand or regular river sand will help to create a beautiful playground, safe even for active games. Just separate it from the rest of the garden or the rest of the area with a small fence and your own sandy lawn is ready.

Paved and mixed pavement

Classic paving is considered a boring surface. It is the most classical variant of arrangement, suitable only for those who like masonry very much and adore paved terraces. As an alternative to turf the paved area can be considered only if it is not monotonous surface, and we are talking about a variety of interesting patterns, mix of materials and techniques.

Paving with clinker, tiles, concrete slabs, natural stone can be combined in one area in any combinations. To enliven such a stone lawn, it is worth leaving gaps in the paving - fragments with soil, in which you can plant perennials and create a sense of symbiosis of stone and the rest of the garden.

But much more interesting look sites that offer a mixture of very different in character materials - loose, paved, filled with groundcovers. The combination of soft and hard pavement always works flawlessly. Even simple clinker combined with gravel, pebbles or gravel will look inimitable, and if you add to them also natural stone, wood cuts, mosaic, the result will surpass all expectations.

And by adding to the pattern fragments with groundcovers or fill them gaps between the stones, you and at all achieve a sense of strong individuality and harmony. Early thyme, Roman chamomile, creeping lapwort, common burnet, hairy hawkweed, creeping sundew, smooth herb, fragrant violet, Portenschlage bellflower, wild strawberry will do the job without much effort.

These courts are a kind of intermediate option between paved and soft, allowing you to play with framing and mini-flowers as well as gravel lawns.

A stone alternative to lawns
A stone paved court. You can play with the patterns of mixed decks forever: squares of stone or brick, spirals and circles filled with gravel, complicated ornaments, stripes or checkerboard; there's something for everyone. Dry masonry on a sand or gravel cushion - the only option of paving when it comes to their alternatives to lawns. This is the only way you can, if you want, not only plant plants in the gaps left, but also create new islands of plants, play with filling the seams with groundcovers, easily repair the pavement, save yourself from having to carry out large construction work.

Water Garden for walking

Water object, which is a symbiosis of the reservoir and the site, is often called a pedestrian water garden. It can be a pond or pool, in which a large area is devoted to gangways and bridges, or a series of separate platforms, between which a narrow stream with crossing stones is laid. Visually it is perceived as brooks and channels dissecting the areas, dividing the space and giving the whole garden modernity, elegance and luxury.

The design of the pedestrian water garden can be as you like. The main thing is that all water obstacles should be overcome comfortably from a walking distance, without additional efforts, and the passage through the garden should be safe in any weather.

A stone alternative to lawns
Paved area next to the fountain

Equipment of a pedestrian water garden requires skills and consultation with professionals. After all, it is necessary not only to calculate a sufficient foundation for such a special object, but also to take care of the quality of insulation, the correctness of laying communications and safety.

To design always start from water bodies - streams or a large pond, requiring the passage of the channel and water supply, and then the remaining base is arranged as a reliable paving fragments or bridges with high stability and reliable support.


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