Pea Gravel

Pea gravel in a garden.

Using pea gravel in border gardens is a popular landscape design which is ecologically friendly and attractive. The low maintenance benefits homeowners who do not have a lot of time to attend to their gardens or plantings.

TIP: Expert gardening advisor, Kathy Bosin suggests, "Before you start, you might want to look at photos for inspiration, since there are so many colors and types of gravel for your landscape. Here are over 1500 photos of landscapes using pea gravel."

How to Landscape Using Pea Gravel

  • Draw your desired design. Do not pick up a shovel until you have measured out and marked off the desired plot of land.
  • You want at least 4 inches of soil removed. Using a soil rake, flatten and even out the soil.
  • Install a layer of weed block to prevent weeds from coming through the pea gravel.
  • If you are using any live shrubbery or plants, dig their holes and plant them.
  • Install the pea gravel to the desired depth.
  • Use a tamper to help settle the gravel into place.
  • Give the pea gravel a shower with a lawn sprinkler or garden hose to help settle the gravel into place.

TIP: Kathy advises, "Pea gravel makes weeding an easy task, but don't wait too long to pull weeds. The best time to weed is after a heavy rain."

Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the nearly effortless upkeep of your pea gravel garden. Just remember to water those shrubs or plants when the rainfall is less than desirable.

TIP: Kathy adds, "Good point--because when you remove vegetation such as grass from around the ornamental plants, the sun reflects off the gravel, creating a hotter micro-climate, and plants will dry out quicker."