Maintaining a grave can be very time-consuming and costly. But not if you design it with gravel. Then the grave is much easier to maintain.Gravel is not allowed in every cemetery When designing and maintaining a grave, several factors are important: How large is the area? How much care should you take? Do you value planting or do you find a look with stones and gravel more beautiful? Gravel is particularly recommended whenever you want to keep the maintenance effort low. You can also use it in many different variations. You can e.g. design the entire grave or just embellish partial areas between solitary plants. There are no limits to your imagination.
Important: inquire at the cemetery administration beforehand
Before you start planning, check with the cemetery administration about the rules. Unfortunately, the use of gravel is not allowed in all cemeteries. If you are allowed to use gravel, you can achieve an optically very appealing design with little maintenance. If you do it simply and it is not allowed, you may have to remove the gravel again.
You should take this into account when planning
Look at the tomb like a small garden, where peace and quiet are the predominant elements. When you start planning, remember what the deceased might have liked. The grave is a memorial and memorial. It should radiate dignity and personality.
Select the gravel so that it matches the gravestone and the surroundings. Pure white marble pebbles often appear very hard and cold, natural colors or gray tones are better. So that the surface does not appear too monotonous, you can work with stones of different sizes and multi-color. Think of a slot for a vase or a grave light if these two elements are important to you.
This is what gravel design can look like
Option 1 - design the entire surface with gravel:
As a preparation, you must thoroughly clean the soil of any weeds. Then cover the entire surface with foil. This will prevent further weeds from growing back. In this variant, the border should consist of larger stones or stone slabs so that the gravel does not fall on the adjacent surface. Then line the grave area with larger stones and / or pebbles. You achieve a calm look that is reminiscent of the radiance of a Japanese Zen garden.
Option 2 - distribute gravel between plants:
Planting with a few, selected plants and gravel areas in between also looks very well maintained. Choose plants that require little maintenance, because then the grave is always in good condition. For example, well suited Upholstery perennials and grasses that do not reproduce excessively. Many types of grass also look decorative in winter, so that the grave does not make a sad impression.
If you want to arrange flowering plants on the grave in between, a place for a vase or an integrated stone slab is recommended. You can place a bowl with changing planting on it: tulips and pansies in spring, dwarf roses in summer and Erika in autumn bring variety to the grave design.
With this variant, too, you must first clear the soil of weeds. Then lay foil wherever there should be gravel.