Gravel or Grass?

Gravel or Grass?

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Grace Shu
Sep 26, 2007

Ever since I started thinking about landscaping the backyard, I always assumed that I would replace one section of the yard with gravel. After all, it cuts down on water, it looks quite nice, and it seems like an overall low-maintenance option especially for a black thumb like myself. However, after consulting with my gardener, he offered this little tidbit: "Gravel looks nice for the first year, but then after that? Weeds start poking through, and then it becomes harder to maintain."

Well, that seemed to contradict everything I've read, but I will say that my lawn is definitely prone to some weeds, so it kind of makes sense. So here's my query to those of you who have gravel in your yards: Is it really hard to maintain after the first year? And if so, how do you manage it?

Photo from Sunset Magazine

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