Next to my garage is this very dreary area as can be seen in this photo on the left , which is also home to my washing line. It gets a good midday to afternoon sunshine and is somewhat protected from the wind so it really is ideal but sadly it was just to depressing so after some practical thoughts I decided that stones would be a good solution . On the right is the picture of the after. I am very happy with this result and its super low maintenance apart from the odd weed but that is easy enough to deal with . It has also cut down the dustiness when the wind blows which is always a plus if there are light coloured items on the line.