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How to Replace Grass for Gravel

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have an area on your lawn that gets excessively worn, such as a path around the house, or a path to your garden, why not replace the grass with gravel? You'll have a sturdy, durable surface that will hold up to traffic and add some landscaping pizazz to your yard at the same time. Replacing grass with gravel isn't technically difficult -- you'll just need some time and some basic materials.

Dig out the area you want to fill with gravel, using a shovel. Remove 3 inches of dirt and place the dirt into a wheelbarrow as you proceed for easy disposal.

Lay landscape cloth on the bottom of the excavated area. Cut pieces to fit with scissors if necessary. If you must use multiple pieces, overlap the pieces by several inches. The landscape cloth inhibits weed growth, so cover the bottom completely.

Fill in your area with gravel. Allow for 1 cubic foot of gravel for very 3 square feet of ground to be covered.

Rake the gravel smooth with a heavy rake.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Tape measure
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Landscape cloth
  • Scissors
  • Gravel
  • Heavy rake
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About the Author

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.