Asked on Oct 14, 2017

Sand vs. pebbles

NanzSheila DeBowM. M..


can anyone suggest a good solution for my garden. i have beautiful sone paves that have creeping thyme between. but i have one area that it just won't grow. i've tried other plants,but no use. do u recommend pea gravel or compressed sand. is that really messy. ??

5 answers
  • 27524803
    on Oct 14, 2017

    I have seen some really nice results using artificial grass between pavers.
  • Bijous
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Unless the pavers are close together, the sand is messy. Sand never compresses like dirt does, it merely settles in with its mates. Unless you use edging your pea gravel will "migrate". Personally, I vote for edging and the pea gravel. Good luck with whatever you choose.
  • M. M..
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Sand can be used between pavers if you pound it in the first few times. Use a wooden dowel or narrow piece of wood, whatever fits between the pavers and has a flat surface. It takes a lot of work,but starting with damp sand and pounding it flat in layers will really keep the pavers from moving around while allowing drainage. Place strips of newspaper down first if weeds might be a future problem. The first rainy season, parts may need to be re-compacted a bit. It's a good job for an energetic teenager!
  • Sheila DeBow
    on Oct 16, 2017

    you can use polymeric sand. If put in properly it stops growth from occurring.
  • Nanz
    on Oct 16, 2017

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