pebble paths , klingstone, and dogs
We've just finished a home renovation that opened up our home to the yard. I'm now trying to work on a landscaping plan so that we have a yard we can enjoy. Alas, a primary concern at the moment is budget. I'd appreciate sage advice GW users have on these two questions as I try to make landscaping plans with budget in mind:
1) Does anyone have experience/advice with using the product call Klingstone to bind crushed pebbles into a stable path? I'm considering using a pebble path interspersed with blue stone pavers, not nearly as beautiful as in the photo below, but somewhat similar as we have a wonderful yew tree and don't get a lot of sun in the back of the house. I'm trying to create the feel of a Japanese viewing garden in this area.
2) Has anyone ever tried putting down a layer of chickenwire under pebbles and or mulch to discourage dogs from digging? We have a golden retriever who will be using part of the back yard as her run. She mostly lives in doors. She's not a terrible digger and if not presented with fresh, loose dirt she doesn't necessarily think about digging. I'd like to do what I can with design to discourage digging, but still use gravel in some areas. When she was a pup I ran chicken wire along the base of our fence, half up against the fence and half along the ground. It worked wonderfully in terms of keeping her from digging anywhere near the fence. Wire feels nasty on the paws I guess. I wonder if laying a strip of chicken wire (somehow anchored down) under the gravel might work to discourage digging. Does anyone have experience with this or suggestions (does it sound like a terrible idea?).