What steps are important to take for planting in a gravel area?

What steps are important to take for planting in a gravel area? What must be considered that is unique for gravel areas?

Asked by Michael on 31st Jan 2022
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"Hi, you will need to check the depth of the gravel and also check for weed control.

Once you have checked these you need to plan out where you want your plants to go so either spray a marker or place something there once you have done this you are then ready to take out the area you require ready for the plants either you see some fresh peat or soil to then fill in the gaps and add a drop of water"
Answered on 1st Feb 2022 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
"Seek advice from a garden centre they will guide you more as they deal with these daily"
Answered on 3rd Feb 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
"Hello Micheal
The first thing would be to check how deep gravel is and will plants have access to the soil beneath gravel as concrete would stop plant roots from reaching the soil and taking root. The gravel layer drains water fast so plants that like that would work, drought tolerate ones that live in those conditions in nature. Any plants added would need time to reach soil level as soil balls in pots stop natural movements of roots initially. Once established it should cover the area over time. Spacing plants according to full size will prevent overcrowding and allow each to reach full potential."
Answered on 31st Jan 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
"Is there a membrane separating the gravel from the ground below? If there is, as is the case for a 'low-maintenance' setup, the gravel should be moved clear of the area to be planted and an x cut into the membrane to twice the diameter of the pot or root ball. Peel the membrane back & dig a hole to this size & backfill around your plant. Replace the membrane & gravel. This ensures the gravel is kept clean to reduce the success of weeds."
Answered on 31st Jan 2022 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
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