Step 1

Well Prepped Area

Well Prepped Area

When creating a gravel garden, prepare the area by digging over the soil and removing any weeds. Dig in plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prep the Area

Prepare the area by digging over the soil and removing any weeds. Dig in plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure and, on heavy soil, add coarse sand or grit to improve drainage.

Step 2

Weed Membrane

Weed Membrane

When creating a gravel garden, cut a piece of weed-suppressng membrane to fit the bed or border. For larger areas, you'll have to join several strips together.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut Weed Membrane

Cut a piece of weed-suppressing membrane to fit the bed or border. For larger areas, you’ll have to join several strips together. Leave a generous overlap along each edge and pin securely in place.

Step 3

Cut Opening

Cut Opening

When using a weed-suppressing membrane, cut a large cross directly under each plant and fold back the flaps. Make it big enough to allow you to dig a good-sized planting hole.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut Opening

Position your plants on top of the membrane. (Presoak container-grown plants in water for at least an hour.) Check that you have left enough room for each plant to spread to its full width. Using sharp scissors, cut a large cross in the membrane directly under each plant and fold back the flaps. Make it big enough to allow you to dig a good-sized planting hole.

Step 4

Replanting Depth

Replanting Depth

When making a gravel garden, take each plant out of its pot and lower it into the hole. It should sit at the same level as it was in the pot.

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Fill in With Soil

Take each plant out of its pot and lower it into the hole: it should sit at the same level as it was in its pot. Fill in around the root ball with soil, then firm with your heel or hand.

Step 5

Tuck in Membrane

Tuck in Membrane

After planting, tuck back the flaps around the plant stem. Pin flaps together if needed to keep in place.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tuck in Membrane

Tuck the membrane flaps back around the plant stem. Pin the membrane in place if needed to close any gaps, taking care not to damage the root ball. Water thoroughly.

Step 6

Gravel Mulch

Gravel Mulch

When creating a gravel garden, spread a layer of mulch 2-3 inches thick. Be generous enough to cover the entire weed-blocking membrane.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Gravel Mulch

Spread a layer of gravel mulch, about 2–3 in (5–8 cm) thick, over the membrane. Be generous, to prevent the membrane from showing through, and level with a rake. Water around the plants regularly until they are established, using a gentle spray from a watering can or hose to avoid dislodging pockets of gravel. If any weeds get through, they should be easy to pull out.