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Old 05-11-2015, 10:46 AM   #1
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Gravel next to garage


This seems like a dumb question; I might just be paranoid.

My garage was built a few years ago by the previous owners of my house. One side has gravel sloped down away from the garage (photo is pending since this is my first post). Does this gravel serve any functional purpose? I feel like it is just leftover from the garage construction and landscaping.

I would like to remove some or all of the gravel and replace it with dirt so I can make use of the space for a small garden. I will need to install a small retaining wall on the left side, since the ground slopes to the left, to my neighbor's garage. I understand when I start filling it in I'll need to grade it away from the garage.



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Old 05-11-2015, 02:04 PM   #2
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Are there gutters on the garage?

If no then the gravel is serving a purpose.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:33 PM   #3
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Are there gutters on the garage?

If no then the gravel is serving a purpose.
No.... that's a good point.

Would it work to leave a foot or so of gravel next to the garage? Or, I was thinking of making it look a little nicer with some paver base.
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I would protect from the wall to the drip line in a hard rain. You could just add some Class I to what you have and make your own 'paver base'. You won't find that at the box store and the local quarries may not sell to you.

Topping it with some river pebbles would make it look sharp. Again you just add a couple of inches to what is already there.
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Thanks... yeah by "paver base" that is basically what I meant - something to pack down a bit to have it look nicer, but won't get destroyed by the water coming off the roof. I use this red granite elsewhere for a little color:

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I have no idea of the level your gardening expertise but if the vegetation we see in the picture is an indication of requiring full sun or near full sun your garden edge may need to begin there and go outward from the building if that side of the building is mostly shaded. This would depend of course on the plants you would be growing.
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I'm not too worried about the plants to be honest. I might start with some perennials like rhubarb, asparagus, and hops.
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Ayuh,..... Level/ Lower what's there, 'n import yer top dirt for it,....

No real need to export the stone/ gravel, use it as a leveling base,....
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