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Pea gravel is beloved by homeowners 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. 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. Pea Gravel Landscaping Do’s and Don’ts This helpful guide will walk you through the best ways to go about pea gravel landscaping and some common pitfalls to avoid. 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. Some homeowners choose to pair pea gravel 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 that a homeowner can make is to apply a layer of pea gravel directly on top of the soil. Whether you’re making use of the pea gravel as an alternative to mulch, or to construct your driveway, this is a bad idea. 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. 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, these chains will charge you more for the materials. 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 you’ve always dreamed of. It is the colorful and cost effective option that you’ve been searching for. This photo is courtesy of Graham via Flickr.
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Landscaping With Gravel

Versatile Gravel Pea gravel is useful for walkways, work areas and social spaces. It also fits easily among plants and shrubs and will stay attractive for a long time. Combine pea gravel with ornamental grasses for a stunning design. Checkerboard Groundcover Create a checkerboard design using gravel, wood dividers and low-growing, compact Acaena and sedum. Pebble Swirl Use pebbles of various colors and shapes to build creative patterns into pathway designs. Path With Low-Growing Sedum Low-growing sedum makes an interesting pattern among coarse gravel. Use Slate Chips Slate chips can be used to mulch pathways between plantings in a garden. Woodland Path A path created with bark chips and log rounds blends perfectly into a woodland setting. Shape Small Pebbles into Step Sculpture Small pebbles have been shaped to provide an interesting circular step pattern in stones. Meandering Soft Pebble Path Retain a soft pebble pathway by using brick edging for support. Soft surfacing for garden paths consists of natural materials that include combinations of stone, wood and shell. Pebbles Provide Visual Interest Bricks and pebbles arranged in an ordered layout add visual interest in this example of a natural paving choice suited to a large landscaping design. Shredded Bark Mulch Used to Line Garden Pathway Try shredded bark to mulch pathways lined with plants and stones in a garden. Terraced Cottage Garden This cottage garden includes a lower and main terrace joined with brick steps and a graveled main entrance that ties the space together. Larger Rocks Paired with Smaller Stones as Mulch Combine larger rocks with smaller ones to mulch around garden shrubs and trees. Natural Materials Add Soothing Feel Deep borders with layers of taller plants make this yard seem larger than it really is, and natural materials such as stone and gravel give the garden a soothing feel. Just Beachy Cut sleepers have been laid among pebbles to give a beach look to this pathway. Wood Strips Path Effective with Ornamental Grasses Narrow wood strips make an effective path when placed along grasses but could be slippery when wet. Small Pea Size Gravel Used on Garden Pathway Pea-sized gravel is a good choice for soft pathways in a garden. Sea Worthy Gravel is raked in a maritime pattern on this soft garden pathway. Linear Plan This formal layout uses an abstract design with boxwoods and gravel. Shapes and Texture Lend Zen Appeal This rock and gravel garden is very zen-like with a simple and stylized design. The shapes and textures create visual drama. Dressing Up Weed Control Use decorative gravel, pebbles or slate chips to disguise a weed-preventing membrane covering the soil in a courtyard space. Drainage Solution Gravel makes a great mulch. Spread around plants that need good drainage, such as sedums. Gravel Risers Gravel risers form shallow steps in this contemporary landscape design. The result is functional art with great visual impact in this shaded modern garden. Stone and Gravel Mixed Stone and gravel are used in combination for a rustic path in this garden. Use Gravel for Contrast Gray gravel is popular for soft surfacing, especially when contrasted with natural fibers and texture, as with this fiber ottoman. Pebble and Gravel Edging This pathway features pebbles and gravel set in concrete for a visually-interesting edging. Gravel in a Mediterranean Design This Mediterranean garden design is created with gravel pathways, terra cotta pots and a sunny site. Slate and Gravel Create Natural Look In this garden with a pond, pieces of slate combine with gravel for a natural look. Landscaping as Functional and Sustainable Art A rich, contemporary landscape design style uses gravel along with grass and steel to create functional and sustainable art. Narrow Garden Space of Townhouse This very narrow space on the side of a townhouse is made more interesting by using an interesting paving pattern with tiles and pea gravel, plus a variety of plants in pots. Tiered Gardens Paved with Gravel and Tile A graveled area is central to this two-tiered town garden apartment that includes a terrace laid using random stone paving, and higher and lower pools joined by a waterfall. Marble Mulch Marble mulch covers the beds in this contemporary garden featuring glossy bamboos underplanted with white peonies. Peaceful Setting A water feature surrounded by pathways covered with small gravel creates a natural-looking setting great for relaxing.
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Landscaping With Gravel

When it comes to pea gravel landscaping the sky really is the limit. 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.
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Landscaping With Gravel

In those 1970s gravel landscapes, the key was to lower maintenance by using gravel to block weed growth. Back then thick black plastic was laid out on bare ground, and the gravel spread on top. It wasn’t long before the plastic broke down and weeds came up through the cracks. Today woven weed barrier fabric is proving a far superior underlayer for gravel. It allows air and water to go down through to the soil, while blocking light so weeds don’t sprout. When plants were integrated into the plastic and gravel system, problems arose because rain water could not enter the root zone of new or existing plants. The plastic also created an anaerobic condition in the soil where lack of oxygen caused it to literally ferment. The result was dead plants, both new and existing.

Landscaping With Gravel

Landscaping With Gravel
Landscaping With Gravel
Landscaping With Gravel

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