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How to make a pea gravel patio

Updated April 17, 2017

Creating a pea gravel patio is a relatively easy way to make an outdoor space without having to build a wood structure or pour concrete. Pea gravel can be purchased relatively cheaply. Depending on the area you are going to cover, this method will probably be much cheaper than installing other types of patios. Pea gravel is easy to maintain, and it is also simple to remove if you decide to change to another type of patio later.

Place the wooden stakes at the four corners of the area that you are turning into a patio. Run the string around the area by looping it once around each stake and tying it off at the last stake.

Cut the grass 3 inches deep with the sod cutter and remove the sod. Put it aside for use on other areas of the lawn that may need to be repaired.

Use the metal rake to even the soil.

Place the landscape fibre on the soil and put a 2-inch layer of sand over the fibre. These two layers will prevent weeds from coming up into the patio.

Press down the sand with a hand tamper.

Pour the pea gravel over the sand and use the metal rake to spread the gravel so that it is flush with the grass areas surrounding the patio.

Things You'll Need

  • String
  • 4 wooden stakes
  • Sod cutter
  • Metal rake
  • Landscape fibre
  • Sand
  • Hand tamper
  • Pea gravel
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Sara Tetreault has worked as a marketing copywriter and editor since 2006. She has written copy for public health organizations, Yankee Retail, and Oce North America. Tetreault received her Master of Arts degree in early modern culture and literature from the University of Sussex and obtained a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.