Pea gravel is a small round stone that is a good choice for many applications. Pea gravel looks natural, contours to follow any path through a landscape, helps minimize soil erosion and costs very little to repair compared to concrete. When building a driveway, you can choose from a number of materials besides concrete and asphalt. Pea gravel is one option that is relatively cheap and easy to install. A pea gravel driveway is not only functional, but adds beauty and value to a home and garden. Pea gravel for driveways does a good job of wicking water away while providing a stable surface that is comfortable to walk on as well as firm enough to drive a vehicle on. Pea gravel driveways are easy to install as long as the driveway area is already graded. Simply dump the required amount of gravel over the surface that needs to be covered and spread it out until even.
A layer of gravel about two inches (5.08 cm) deep is generally recommended, and unstable soil may require up to eight inches (20.32 cm). To maintain this type of driveway, a new load of gravel should be dumped and spread across the driveway once or twice a year. A freshly-laid gravel driveway can be driven on immediately, unlike most other driveway materials, which usually need to cure or set before use. Pea gravel also comes in a variety of shapes and colors, and it is environmentally friendly to boot.