Pea Gravel

Definition - What does Pea Gravel mean?

Pea gravel is small rounded stones. Each stone is about the size of a pea. They usually range in size from one-eighth of an inch to three-eighths of an inch in diameter.

Pea gravel is available in numerous shades such as white, buff, gray, brown, and translucent. The small pebbles are ideal for covering walkways and driveways. They can also be used as filler between pavers, a rodent deterrent, as a mulch, and to outline a garden pond.

Pea gravel is relatively inexpensive and generally available at most garden supply stores. It is ideal for erosion control and naturally improves drainage, especially in heavy clay soils. It can also be used in aquariums, in aquaponics, or in the base of container plants.

MaximumYield explains Pea Gravel

Pea gravel's small size and light weight make it easy to work with. The gravel rakes well and is simple to move from place to place. It does have a tendency to travel and should be contained with some sort of a border or barrier. Like regular gravel, pea gravel can be washed and reused over and over again.

In its natural state, pea gravel is found near waterways, although some companies artificially manufacture pea gravel. Also in its natural state, the friction of flowing water and weather work together to create the gravel’s unique shape through a long-term process of erosion.

When using pea gravel along pathways, patios, or driveways, it should be spread relatively thick. Spread the gravel at least 3 inches thick for optimal results and to keep it from sinking into the soil.

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