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from Better Homes and Gardens

No Joke! This Is a Mobile Home

It's easy to take the conversation out back when you have a quaint outdoor living room fixed with a fire pit.:

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from Game of Thorns

Organic Weed Control

crushed granite garden | Backyard patio view

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and verbena, which is currently popping up everywhere in my decomposed granite pathways…

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Maybe not herbs, but I really like the idea of this kind of structure in the back yard. Pea gravel separates the shaped beds, nice. Choose plants that will thrive in my unfortunate climate.

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A patio of crushed granite fitted with stepping stones and a central fire pit. This cozy outdoor living space was installed in the midst of what was formerly a St. Augustine lawn.

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from SF Gate

How to Pack Down Crushed Granite

Crushed granite has a finer texture than gravel. Often called “decomposed granite,” the small pieces compact more smoothly than coarse gravel, although both materials are packed the same way. Packing or tamping helps crushed granite settle more densely than loosely laid material, which results in a firmer path, driveway or patio. Where the granite is poured over a gravel substrate, dampen the gravel with water before compacting it.

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