These small, fluid stones found near bodies of water have an appealingly smooth texture, the result of natural weathering. Pea gravel comes in sizes from 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch, about the size of a pea, and in a range of natural colors like buff, rust-brown, shades of gray, white, and translucent. It makes for a wonderful hardscaping addition to a variety of residential, commercial, industrial, and public settings. Here are just a few of the best uses for pea gravel…
Gardens and Flower Beds
Weeds have a difficult time pushing through pea gravel. Pea gravel comes in a variety of colors which can make for an exceptionally beautiful garden. The small stones facilitate superb drainage and erosion protection. Pea gravel is often overlooked as mulch material around containers or garden plants: It makes for an attractive addition to yur gardening spaces.
Patios and Pathways
Pea gravel can help to prevent erosion, because water doesn’t run off its surface, but rather soaks right through into the ground. For this reason, a gravel patio doesn’t need to be graded on a slight incline, as is the case with other materials, such as patio pavers. the loose stone is great for patios, in particular, because lounge furniture can settle into it. Pathways of pavers and gravel can be problem solvers in gardens that receive a lot of rain. Rather than running off a hardscape area, rainwater trickles between the gaps in the gravel and stays on site. Garden paths made of pavers set into gravel are one of the most popular walkway styles due to their natural look. Given the wide range of materials available and opportunities for different combinations, walkways made of pavers and pea gravel work with all garden styles. For example, you can pair poured concrete slabs with dark gravel for a contemporary look or set irregular flagstones in warm-toned decomposed granite for a more Mediterranean feel.
Playgrounds and Pet Parks
Pea gravel is an excellent option for playgrounds and pet parks. It offers a soft, shock-absorbent surface, plus the stones do not retain heat. Unlike sand, pea gravel does not attract outdoor cats or any other animals to the area, making it much more sanitary.. Peas gravel is a better choice than crushed rock for these high traffic areas as it is smoother and crushed rock can be rough on animals’ paw pads and kids’ knees.
Other Uses for Pea Gravel
Aquariums, whether you have a large aquarium acting as a housing centerpiece in your living room or you enjoy having one or two aquariums throughout your home, this inexpensive and versatile type of gravel is great for giving your aquarium some layering. Fire Pits, this decorative small rock can also be used for the base of fire pits, as well. In order to give your property a nice bump in both overall value and appearance, simply place down a circular layer of pea gravel on your lawn, put down an edge, craft a nice fire pit in the middle of your property, and enjoy! Assist with drainage, it can be used as bedding for pipes, fence posts, and more. It is easy to see why pea gravel is a popular choice for such a wide range of projects.
About Bray Topsoil & Gravel
Topsoil and gravel delivered to you by Bray Trucking, a specialized aggregate hauler servicing the Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana region.