This house originally had a concrete slab about it that had shifted and cracked. Water was coming in from all sides and I decided to have it removed when I was tapping into utilities. I had it back filled and extended the downspouts while I figured out what I wanted to with the front area.
A year later, water is still getting in --- mainly because of not enough grading and water is getting stuck between the house and side yard with nowhere to go. I decided I wanted to go with a low maintenance
front yard with a few simple bushes, trees, but I'd like to use gravel all around with simple 24x12 pavers.
The goal is a for a simple and low maintenance front area, but one where water drains away from the house. I was picturing some like this but using regular pavers. http://www.flickr.com/photos/73254522@N00/845849108/#/
1. Do grows well in gravel and what doesn't?
2. Should I consider using mulch instead? If so, why?
3. Should cloth or sand be used below the gravel?
4. Will the gravel make the water drainage worst?