Before you make a definitive choice, you should first consider the pros and cons of gravel instead of grass. When you do make the consideration, you should take your family's make-up and lifestyle into account in order to make the correct choice.
It is important to consider your family because gravel is not a good choice if yours includes young children, especially very young children. Young children have a tendency of putting things into their mouths, and they will end up putting gravel in their mouths and perhaps even swallowing small pieces.
Gravel is also not a good choice if your family includes pets that enjoy going outside, or that have to go outside. Gravel can get stuck between their paws and in their claws, and the very jagged and sharp pieces can cut into their pads. Therefore, if yours is a family with young children and/or pets, grass may be the best option for you.
On the other hand, if your family has no children or grown children, you may want to consider gravel as an option because it is easier to maintain. That is not to say that gravel does not require maintenance because you have to sweep it out of the driveway and walkway, and get it out of all the other places that it will get into that it was not meant to be.
Bigger pieces of gravel will stay in place for a longer period of time than smaller pieces, but it will eventually come loose. You will also lose some gravel to shoes, car tires, and perhaps even to children who decide to play with it and throw it, so you will eventually need to replace some of the gravel, and there is definitely a cost associated with that.
On the other hand, the cost of gravel maintenance is not quite as much as the cost of grass, which is constantly growing and needs to be mowed, watered, seeded, weeded, and any other maintenance that it may require. You also have to take the time that it requires and the cost that is associated with it.
If you are constantly coming and going and simply do not have the time or inclination to take care of a lawn, then gravel is your best bet. You could always hire someone to come and take care of your landscaping, but there is a cost associated with doing that too, so weigh all of those things before deciding what to use.
Whatever you choose, make sure that you properly maintain it so that your house is always looking its best, especially if you are going to consider selling your home. People enjoy driving up to a house that looks as if it is well taken care of, and a well-tended front yard has a tendency of showing people how much you care about your house.
Whether you have grass or gravel, make sure that you provide proper maintenance for it, and it may pay off handsomely when the time comes to put the house up for sale. People will definitely let your real estate agent know what they think about your house inside and outside.
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