Asked on May 15, 2017
How to put in a pea gravel or rounded stone area in a sloped yard?
My sister-in-law and I want to put in an area with rounded stone that goes from the bottom of the steps off the deck in a half moon design, including to the left of the steps and back to the right. Grass does not really grow well in the back yard and when it rains, the dogs get that area mucky. The yard slopes, but not towards the house, but from one side of the yard to the other. From what I have read, the best way to do it is to spray pain the edge of the area you want and take the dirt out a couple of inches, lay down landscaping fabric and put edging in and then stone. This is a big undertaking for us and not sure, but we may pay someone to dig the dirt out. Anyway, my questions are do we need sand below the stone and does it need to be leveled? That would be so very difficult. I can see leveling whatever edge we use, but not the entire stone area. I added some pictures to show you the area. We have had a lot of rain (and a backup of water in the basement which made the area worse), so there are rubber stones, a tarp and grass clippings where all of the muck was. Any suggestions would be appreciated.