If you are feeling inspired to declutter and have the clean lines of a minimalist garden, here’s a small project to get you started. Perfectly suited to paved courtyards, this look can also be adapted to backyards with lawns. It simply involves cutting away pavers around an existing tree to help define a planting area, then filling the space with crushed white gravel to highlight the tree and give it a Japanese feel.
Gather your supplies
• 10mm crushed white gravel
• Brickie’s sand
You’ll also need
Chalk; hose; pointed trowel; water-lubricated concrete saw; safety gear; mallet; bolster; wheelbarrow
Step 1 If there are plants surrounding the tree, carefully remove and set aside in case they can be used in another part of garden. To get a nice curve on pavement surrounding tree, mark a chalk line using hose as a guide.
Step 2 Wearing safety gear and using concrete saw, carefully cut pavers along previously marked line. If necessary, use mallet and bolster to tidy up edges before removing pavers.
Step 3 In wheelbarrow, mix 4 parts brickie’s sand to 1 part cement. Slowly add water and blend until consistency is stiff. Use mortar to haunch exposed sides of pavers to keep them in place.
Step 4 Water well, then mulch around base of plant with a layer of white gravel. Ensure mulch is evenly spread and no soil is left exposed.