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06/10/2013 at 12:22

Hi everyone, this is my first time on the forum so pleae bear with me. I have lots of bulbs laid in front garden and am putting house up for sale so was going to lay some gravel or slate around my shrubs over winter so the area looked tidy, but I would really like the bubls to still come up in spring. Does anyone have any experience of whether they will work their way through. Many thanks for any help or advice.

06/10/2013 at 12:27

Bulbs will find their way through gravel and small slate chippings.  However slate and gravel laid on bare soil can be a real nuisance later on - in my opinion composted bark or bark chippings might be better (and much cheaper) - just make sure you give the shrubs space around their trunks. 

06/10/2013 at 12:30

Many thanks for your advice. I have used bark in the past but I have such a slug problem that it tends to cause more problems further along the line into spring when other plants are comiing up, that was the only reason I was thinking of some type of gravel.

06/10/2013 at 12:37

I laid gravel on top of a tarpaulin at our new house and was surprised to find a row of daffs poking through the following spring. 

06/10/2013 at 12:40

I'd rather tackle slugs than try and get gravel out of a border where I didn't want it - I really would - total pain in the neck - but of course you're hoping to have moved on by then so whether it's slugs or gravel you leave behind is up to you 

06/10/2013 at 20:23

When I wanted to move I laid down landscaping fabric covered with gravel, then I had to go around making holes so the daffs would come through.

Where they didn't there was a bump in spring so I then cut holes where the bumps were. Not ideal .. I would go for the bark option - about 3 ins deep should look the business and let the bulbs through, which would of course make your front look more welcoming

06/10/2013 at 20:36

If you want the beds to look tidy and the bulbs to come through I'd advise bark chippings as this will eventually decompose and the new owners can then decide what they want in the front garden.

Laying gravel or slate on fresh ground, will be difficult to remove, weeds will grow through if a weed membrane hasn't been laid and it'll be more expensive.

 

06/10/2013 at 21:12

Don't use gravel! I made that mistake 15 years ago, however I now have a wonderfully drained garden where I had a bog before!

07/10/2013 at 21:21

Many thanks to you all for the helpful adivce. I think the answer is to use bark then as a couple of you have stated and hope I have sold the house before the slugs become a problem later in spring. Looking forward to a bit of nice weather next weekend now so I can get it sorted. Thanks again everyone.

19/06/2015 at 19:21

Oh dear.. I have just scattered gravel (quite thickly) around my flower beds (trying to make it easy maintenance) on bare soil. It looks really nice but I am now wondering will it 'stunt' plant growth... eg will it interfere with light/water etc...   

Why is it such a mistake?  I have only done a small area today.. am I best to take it off?  I like it personally because it keeps my dog off the beds .. but have I caused other probs?

19/06/2015 at 19:34

Gravel sprinkled over the soil is not a disaster Downsygirl. You'll just eventually end up with the gravel in the soil, not on it. I guess it depends on the kind of gravel - how chunky it is - in terms of whether this will cause a nuisance later on.

19/06/2015 at 19:52

I put down weed suppressant and a thick layer of river pebbles and 3 lillies have fought there way through so,I'm sure your daffs will have no problem. 

19/06/2015 at 20:34

I have bluebells growing through gravel in the front garden, doesn't seem to cause them any problems and the weeds don't grow It is only a small area though, wouldn't recommend covering a large area with gravel without a weed membrane underneath.

Plants can be grown through a weed membrane though, if when you lay the membrane plan where your plants will be, cut holes through the cloth plant up then gravel ther area.

20/06/2015 at 09:09

Thanks everyone for all your help. I ended up putting down some bark as advised and the garden looked lovely and I subsequently sold the house. I have been past my old house since then and the garden has been removed and block-paved for parking cars on, so worrying about my daffs ended up being a waste of time!

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