Landscaping with Gravel

October 16, 2017


If you’re interested in having a beautifully landscaped yard without the constant upkeep of mowing or watering, gravel is the way to go. Decorative gravel comes in many different colors, offering plenty of options to choose from to match your desired décor.

Not only is decorative gravel nice to look at, it actually serves quite a few useful purposes. Gravel is an excellent weed blocker. Just lay down a fabric weed barrier and cover it with gravel – it’s not likely you’ll have to do much work after that! Gravel also helps to provide drainage to keep unwanted water from puddling. Another huge advantage to gravel is its durability. Gravel is one of the few materials that can be used for virtually any part of landscaping, regardless of where you live. You can literally make a whole driveway out of gravel without worry because the material is strong enough to endure the weight of vehicles on a regular basis. Gravel is commonly used as a cheaper alternative to the traditional concrete or asphalt paved driveway. The type of gravel that you use will depend on what you’re looking for, but the good news is that there are plenty of options.

Even though gravel is long-lasting, its placement isn’t permanent. You can easily move gravel if you decide it needs a new location. That being said, it is easy to move and may get shifted out of place easier than some other materials.

Types

Pea Gravel is a top choice. Its smooth texture and natural pea-sized appearance compliment most landscapes and features. Pea gravel is a top choice for pet owners because it is so easy to walk on. It’ll look great whether it’s only taking up space in a small corner of the yard, or taking up the majority of the space. One thing to note, though is that it can blow away easily in high-wind areas.

Mexican Beach Pebble is another popular gravel option. It comes in a variety of sizes and is a chic addition to stepping stones, planters, walkways and water features. One con to Mexican Beach Pebble is that it is a little bit more costly than most other gravel types.

River Rock is a large gravel that is typically used to achieve the rustic look. River Rock helps with water drainage and looks stunning when you use it to line walkways and patios. River Rock is not as stable as other rock types and is not ideal for areas with foot traffic.

Lava Rock is a favored lightweight gravel that is harvested from volcanoes.  Lava rock is semi-permanent and will last until it is blown or washed away. Lava rock is a top-notch weed blocker when used in combination of a fabric barrier.

For more information on landscaping with gravel and other materials, visit a landscape center near you.