Everyone loves having a beautiful garden, and part of that is having a nice lawn.
We want the grass to be just the right length.
But the fact you’ve clicked on this article kind of suggests that just isn’t the case.
Patio – What And Why
A patio is usually made of stone, but in some cases, can be made of wood.
But whatever material it’s made from, the important thing is that the material needs to be hard.
This is because when you sit on the patio, you don’t want to get muddy.
The patio is there for you to be able to sit down and take a look at your garden.
Perhaps you just want to sit there, or maybe you want to do other things there, such as eat meals or entertain guests.
Grass Shouldn’t Be Higher
One rule of thumb of the patio is that you should try to make sure the grass isn’t higher than the patio. Of course, this isn’t always the case
As some patios are right on the ground.
However, this article is aimed at those who have a raised patio.
In this particular scenario, most of the time, you should avoid having grass that’s higher than the patio.
This is going to make the entire view of your garden much more beautiful to look at.
Don’t Raise The Patio
One idea that came to my mind during my junior days was just to raise the patio.
But as you can probably imagine, this is flawed for a large variety of reasons.
The first one is that it’s going to be very expensive.
You will have to pay a lot of money for something that will go under the patio.
But it’s not just money you’d be wasting; it’s also time.
Just think about how many hours it’s going to take to raise the patio.
The biggest flaw of this is, of course, that it will be a never-ending battle.
As you keep making the patio higher, the grass is just going to keep on growing.
Cut The Grass
Therefore, the best option would be, instead of making the patio shorter, you should instead by focusing on making the grass shorter.
This means mowing the lawn.
Before moving, make sure you use a rake to get everything that could clog up the blades out of the way.
This could include sticks, rocks, or anything else harder than grass.
And when you mow, make sure you do it in straight lines.
The last thing you want to look at is grass filled with wiggly lines.
Not Too Short, Or Too Often
While cutting the grass is essential for your garden, you should be careful not to fall into the trap of cutting it too short too often.
Cutting grass can be good for its growth; doing it too often can have an adverse effect.
Eventually, you can get to the point where your grass will slow down in growth, and start to turn a brown color instead of a lovely green.
Grass that’s too short can also get too hard.
This can make it uncomfortable to walk on, particularly when you’re walking barefoot.
Another key reason why you should try and make your grass shorter than your patio is that the moisture from the grass can damage the patio.
A great way to stop this is by using what’s called a “French drain”.
A French drain is a row of small stones between the patio and the grass, and it stops the grass from being able to damage the patio.
Making a French drain is very easy to do.
Simply cut the grass around the patio, as short as you like
And fill the space with stones. These stones are a great water barrier.
French Vs. English
If you want to take your gardening the extra step further, you might want to ask yourself whether you prefer the English or French school of gardening.
Knowing this will allow you to decide how high you want your grass to be
And how the contrast between your patio and your garden should look.
I could probably write a book about it.
But in a sentence….French gardening is about destroying nature and replacing it with something constructed by humans.
English gardening is about working with nature to create something that looks natural, but also beautiful.
Hopefully, now, you have a better understanding of what the relationship between the patio and the lawn should be.
Please bear in mind that the information in this article is about elevated patios, and therefore the information within might not apply to your particular garden.