How to Set Marble Chips for Yard Landscaping


Marble chips lend a crisp, refined look to landscape pathways, borders and patios. Most landscape marble is bright white with a glittery, reflective appearance, although gray chips are occasionally available. Long-lasting, marble chip landscape features depend on proper preparation of the base and barriers that keep marble chips in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Landscaping spray paint
  • Shovel
  • Crushed stone, also known as stone pack
  • Hand tamper
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Utility knife
  • Edging, with stakes
  • Mallet
  • Marble chips
  • Bow rake
  • Outline the area where you would like to install the marble chips by spraying with landscaping spray paint to create the borders.

  • Dig out the soil inside the outline to a depth of 6 inches using a shovel. Keep the sides firm and straight up and down. Fill in the area with a 2 1/2-inch layer of crushed stone for the base. Dampen the crushed stone with water by spraying the area lightly with a hose. This helps in keeping the dust settled and compaction of the stones.

  • Pack down the crushed stone with a hand tamper until it compresses into a 2-inch layer. Strike the surface of the stone pack evenly with the tamper to compact it.

  • Roll landscaping fabric over the crushed stone pack. Trim the fabric to fit inside the space, using a utility knife. The fabric helps block weeds from growing up into the marble and keeps the stone pack in place.

  • Insert your chosen edging around the edges of the area. Hammer the edging into the ground with a mallet until the top edge is flush with ground level. If using plastic edging, drive stakes at a slight downward angle through the edging near the bottom every 24 to 48 inches using a mallet.

  • Fill in the remaining depth of the area with marble chips. Leave approximately 1/2 inch between the top of your edging and the marble chips. Rake and even out the marble chip surface using a bow rake.

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