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Danspec4
landscaping stone question
Danspec4

pretty much the first row is the question i am having. hopefully the picture comes up. i had rocks here before when i moved in and they really looked like crap. i dug them up will clean and reuse them. i would like to put 3 rows high of decorative landscaping stones down first and then fill in with rocks and maybe one bush.

i currently have the dirt graded away from my foundation and it is stamped down, from the foundation of the house to the top of the sidewalk. Will my first row of landscaping stones pretty much be even with the height of the sidewalk and be unseen?

will this be because i need the water to drain away from my home when it rains and when i put weed barrier fabric down it will end basically ontop of the first row of stones and then be covered by the second row of stones.

so when it rains the water will drain off onto the sidewalk insted of staying on top of the fabric mixed with the rocks i put back

The stones are depicted in RED and the fabric is depicted in BLUE sloping away from the home

https://postimg.org/image/cvvg40y35/

sorry couldnt get image to upload

so in review the first row of stones RED is the correct placement?

A. Spruce
Re: landscaping stone question
A. Spruce

Rock in landscaping is just about a guaranteed failure, no matter how you do it. Sure, it looks great when you first get them done, but then leaves fall, weeds grow, debris accumulates, and they generally become an eye sore within a few months. Weed fabric only stops weeds coming up from the ground, it doesn't stop blown seed from sprouting on top where leaves have broken down and dirt has collected between the rocks. It's hard to clean weeds and fallen leaves out of the rock resulting in most people giving up in short order.

Having said that, as long as the ground slopes away from the house, you should be reasonably fine with whatever you put in that bed. Weed cloth is water permeable, so it will drain, slowly, but it will drain. If there are pipes, drains, electrical, or anything else in that bed, be careful what you plant, as you do not want the root system or any digging in the area during maintenance to damage anything. Also, plant size, bushes tend to stay contained well, whereas trees, even dwarf and small species have large root systems that can interfere with the walkway and foundation.

dj1
Re: landscaping stone question
dj1

Your picture did come on.

Quote: "Will my first row of landscaping stones pretty much be even with the height of the sidewalk and be
unseen? "

It depends on the height of the bricks and how deep you've dug.

Second quote: " this be because i need the water to drain away from my home when it rains and when i put weed barrier fabric down it will end basically ontop of the first row of stones and then be covered by the second row of stones."

If you want the water to drain, you will need bricks all the way to the house, and even then it will depend on what method you used to lay the bricks. From the picture, I don't thing your slop is enough to have the fabric cover the first row of bricks.

My suggestion is to call a masonry contractor or a landscaper, to modify your plan.

Danspec4
Re: landscaping stone question
Danspec4

it wont cover it..fabric is only 3 feet wide the this space is 5 feet wide.. i intended to lay a piece down starting at the bricks and then the next one next to the house..kind of like how rain would come off shingles on a house.

dj1
Re: landscaping stone question
dj1

I see what you are trying to do. Then don't use "weed barrier fabric", because it allows water through, and water, as you know, will always find its way to the lowest spot. In fact, the water will go down in between the bricks, if they are just laid there.

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