A pea gravel patio appeal with wonderfully non-pretentious beauty. The advantages of a pea gravel patio include water permeability, flexibility in design and relatively easy installation. Pea gravel can help to prevent erosion, because water doesn’t run off its surface, but rather soaks right through into the ground. For this reason, a pea gravel patio doesn’t need to be graded on a slight incline, as is the case with other materials, such as patio pavers. The design of pea gravel patio is flexible to use, pea gravel pours into any area delimited by landscape edging. No matter what shape or design you choose to give your patio, the material is likely to prove itself suitable. Building a pea gravel patio is a surprisingly simple process. Tips include marking the boundary with string and chalk. The area should also be cleaned of all debris and vegetation before purchasing pea gravel for the base. Newspaper can be used to create a weed barrier because it is cheap and effective. Using rocks as edging is optional before laying the gravel on the space with a shovel.
Pea gravel compacts into the foundation it’s poured into. If you have an oddly shaped space or intend to create a curved patio, pea gravel is a practical choice. Installing a border around the pea gravel patio solves common problems and enhances the look of your space. Basic borders like metal or plastic edging stops gravel from spilling over and keep weeds from growing through the patio surface. For a more formal or defined look, install a border of brick, pavers or natural stone.