Using Pea Gravel in Your Landscaping: Do’s & Don’ts

Pea gravel is very commonly used by contractors because of its smooth texture and rich, natural coloration. These stones can be used to dress up any property and are also highly functional. Because of its many practical and decorative uses pea gravel landscaping is becoming more and more popular especially for corporations, schools and most building facilities.

If you’ve been giving any thought to integrating these attractive stones into your property you should take the time to educate yourself on how to properly make use of them.

Try Integrating Pea Gravel with Other Stones in Your Landscape

One of the first things that you’ll notice about pea gravel is that it’s composed of a variety of beautiful and natural colors. This is a huge advantage because it means that the stones can be easily paired with other stones and landscaping features. Pea gravel is an excellent companion for any other type of stone.
Pea gravel can be paired with larger stones in the creation of water features like fountains, waterfalls and dry river beds. The pebbles can also help to offset the size of a large decorative boulder. It’s perfectly okay to “mix and match” pea gravel with other decorative rocks in order to add visual interest to your property.

Don’t Apply Pea Gravel Directly on Top of Soil

One of the biggest mistakes made while using pea gravel is applying a layer of pea gravel directly on top of soil. Whether you’re making use of the pea gravel as an alternative to mulch, or to construct a driveway, walkways, etc. this is something you should stay away from.

A layer of landscaping fabric should always be laid down before you add the pea gravel. This will help to discourage the growth of weeds and plants that could otherwise destroy the beauty of the pea gravel and displace it.

Get Creative with Your Pea Gravel Landscaping

When it comes to pea gravel landscaping the sky really is the limit especially at schools and building complexes. When people hear the word “gravel” they often only limit their thoughts to driveways, but the truth is that pea gravel is much more versatile and can be incorporated in a wide variety of practical and decorative applications. Although pea gravel is an excellent pick for the construction of a gravel driveway, it can also be used to create an enchanting garden path or an inviting front walkway.

The stones can act perfectly as an edging material to enhance and draw attention to gardens, flower beds, trees and other landscaping features. Pea gravel is also an affordable option for the installation of a patio, can be used in children’s play areas, can replace sand on beaches and in sand boxes and can even be an alternative to mulch.

Don’t Forget an Edging Material

As pea gravel is a loose fill material it can be displaced with foot or vehicle traffic, and other physical movement. In order to contain the pea gravel to the area where it is intended for use it’s wise to make use of an edging material that will hold the stones in place.

Buy Pea Gravel from a Stone Supplier

Although pea gravel can be bought from big box retailers, there are other alternatives to buying pea gravel, especially when being bought in bulk. For the best prices you should always buy directly from a stone supplier. A stone supplier will have passionate and knowledgable team members available to discuss your project and help you determine how much stone you need.

Don’t Skimp out on Depth

In order to adhere to safety standards and get the most from your pea gravel landscaping it’s important to stick with depth guidelines. Providing adequate depth will ensure that the pea gravel will completely cover the desired location and provide the desired appearance.

Pea gravel provides countless opportunities to transform your landscape into the one that is beautiful and easy to maintain. It is the colorful and cost effective option that you’ve been searching for.

This photo is courtesy of Graham via Flickr.

By | 2020-04-01T14:30:15-04:00 March 20th, 2017|Pea Gravel|0 Comments

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Dirk is a Project Manager at Braen Stone. He's an expert on a variety of construction materials and prides himself on helping the company meet the needs of companies large and small.