How to Lay Pea Gravel

Updated August 08, 2017

Pea gravel is aptly named. That's because it is composed of tiny, round stones that resemble peas. Fortunately, it's a relatively inexpensive gravel option that comes in a variety of colours and can be used in a variety of ways. Pea gravel is typically used in concrete surfaces and is ideal for creating paths or walkways, laying a driveway or even instead of mulch in small garden beds.

Create a border for the area you'd like to lay gravel, using string.

Create hatch marks in the ground against the string border to mark your borders, using a shovel. Remove the string after you've finished.

Remove the top 4 to 6 inches of soil from the designated area. To make this easier, use a smaller shovel, such as a trench or hand shovel. Cut away large roots with loppers.

Place edging along the border of the designated area, using steel, wood, bricks or even concrete. This will keep your gravel area intact and more manicured.

Lay concrete or a garden fabric into the area. If you're using concrete, wait until it is completely hardened before moving on. For fabric, smooth it out to eliminate any wrinkling and cut it with scissors so that it fits nicely.

Pour the pea gravel on top of the hard concrete or fabric and smooth it out. Pea gravel has a tendency to roll and move around after time, so you may need to smooth it out on occasion to maintain a polished appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • String
  • Shovel
  • Hand shovel
  • Loppers
  • Edging material
  • Concrete/fabric
  • Scissors
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Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.