Gravel or mulch in hammock area (pictures)
Hi all, first-time poster!
My wife and I bought our first house back in August. It's on a sloped lot (you can see on 2nd picture below) causing some difficulties in how we're going to landscape. Currently there isn't a lot in our backyard. We put a 6' privacy fence up and that's about it so far. We have several projects lined up but I believe we're going to start with this one:
We have three (walnut?) trees in the far corner of our backyard. They form a triangle and two of the trees are just a few feet from the fence (one about 24', the other 4.5 feet). We have a nice hammock we want to hang between two of the trees. Rather than just have grass around it, we want it to become a nice area that sticks out from the yard. We plan on putting a small bistro set or a park bench back there as well.
Here's my question(s): What should we put down to 'enclose' this area? Our initial thought was mulch, however we have two dogs and they tend to use the mulch as temporary chew toys. They would have it all over the yard in a day. B/c of this, we're leaning towards pea gravel. I've read several posts on here about how hard it is to put down and for it to look good, and I also realize the dogs may make a mess of this as well. However I don't see them eating it (and throwing it back up in the house) like I do the mulch. Any ideas/thoughts on this?
I would guestimate we have a max of 30 sq feet. We're not 100% sure we'll go all the way out to the third tree. Below are a few pictures of the area we're looking at. Our plan is to put some type of edging (stone) to create the perimeter and then fill as needed and recommended. Thanks and sorry for the long post!