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Whether you want to make permeable pathways, keep unused areas free of unsightly weeds or just break up the garden, laying wood chips or gravel are popular ways to make the garden more interesting. Your landscape gardener will first need to lay some kind of weed-resistant barrier down, so that weeds and grass don’t grow up through the wood chips or the gravel. You will still need to weed these areas, as grass seed will settle on the surfaces. But the areas covered will remain largely weed-free.
Gravel is long-lasting, whereas wood chips, bark or mulch will all rot over time and need to be replaced or topped up. In both cases the materials are fairly reasonably-priced, so your decisions will mainly be based on the look that you prefer. Your landscape gardener should be able to show you samples or take you out to the local DIY store to look for what you need.
The actual laying part of the job is simply a case of scattering and spreading the wood chip or gravel. However, your landscaper will need to edge the pathway or surfaces sufficiently so that the materials do not spread onto your lawn or other areas of the garden. Having the work done in winter will mean that the rest of the garden is not disrupted or harmed by the preparation work. You can do maintenance work on the surfaces yourself, but do call your landscape gardener in every couple of years to top up or replace surfaces.
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