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If you’re looking to update your home’s landscaping but aren’t sure where to begin, you may want to consider using pea gravel. From its smooth texture to its natural coloring, pea gravel provides a unique but classic look. Due to its versatility and its high functionality, pea gravel has become a well liked landscaping tool among homeowners. Below we’ve listed some popular uses for pea gravel along with some common mistakes to avoid while integrating the material into your landscaping design.

Get Creative

People often jump to the conclusion that gravel is strictly used in areas like driveways, but the truth is, pea gravel can be applied in a variety of ways when it comes to landscaping. For example, if you want to add a patio to your outdoor space, but don’t want to deal with the more general materials, such as wood or cement, pea gravel is a great substitute. Creating a pathway leading to your front door or a garden path in your backyard is another option. You can also use pea gravel instead of sand in your child’s sandbox, as an alternative to mulch, and as an edging material around flower beds and trees. At the end of the day, pea gravel is an inspirational landscaping tool that has multiple uses.

Common Mistakes

Placing pea gravel directly on top of soil

Whether the gravel is an alternative to mulch or you’re building a patio, a layer of landscaping fabric should first be placed on top of the soil to discourage the growth of weeds. If you neglect to use the fabric, you will most likely end up with an abundance of unwanted weeds and plants littering and displacing the pea gravel.

Not installing an edging material to keep the pea gravel in place

If you skip on the border, the pebbles won’t stay in place and your beautifully designed landscape will turn into a huge mess.

Using the wrong depth of pea gravel

The depth of the pea gravel is also crucial to the success of your landscape. If you don’t use enough gravel your landscaping feature will suffer and not appear as you may have imagined. It can also become a safety issue, so read the guidelines on the recommended depth before starting a project.

If you’re interested in purchasing pea gravel for your next landscaping endeavor, please contact us to view our inventory of landscaping materials, and remember we offer free delivery to your home.