How to Install Pea Gravel

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Pea gravel can be a low maintenance accent to your landscaping plan
Pea gravel can be a low maintenance accent to your landscaping plan (Image: Red Pea Gravel Walkway image by Allen Stoner from Fotolia.com)

Pea gravel is a functional and common landscaping product for walkways, driveways and play areas. You can hire a professional landscaper to design and lay the pea gravel in your yard, or you can purchase the gravel from a local home supply or garden center. Pea gravel is available by the bag or by the ton, depending on the volume you need.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy string or rope
  • Shovel
  • Weed block fabric
  • Tamper
  • Garden hose

Mark off the area where you want to spread the pea gravel using heavy string. Dig out the space where you want the gravel using a shovel. Remove up to 6 inches of soil from the area.

Lay a sheet of weed block at the bottom of the area. Weed block will prevent any grass or weeds from growing in the gravel area.

Spread the pea gravel evenly. Use a tamper to help level the area. Spray the gravel down with a garden hose to help it settle.

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