Pea Gravel Patio

DIY Pea Gravel Patio for under $200

Before & After House & Home

2019 has been the year of paint everything that’s not moving here at Redeeming Hampton. Patio furniture, whitewashing the brick patio and numerous other smaller projects. I know you’ve been patiently waiting for this tutorial – so today, my friends, I’m excited to share something we didn’t paint! 🙂

Since you guys love to see the “before” photos, here are a few from about 4 years ago before we moved into the house.

Back Yard Before

What’s missing now? The tree and playset! The tree was unfortunately dying and every time it rained, another branch would fall – yikes! Our nephews and neighbor kids loved to play here, but once the tree was removed, the playset looked out of place (someone disassembled and moved it after I listed it for free on Facebook Marketplace)!

Before Tree Removed

After Tree Removed

Since the rubber mulch took up a large area, we dreamed of how we could expand our patio. We love hosting people here and using our fire pit, so we thought this would be the perfect spot!

Just like almost all of our projects, we were looking for an affordable addition that would last at least a few years. Today, we’ll share the tutorial with you of how we created this awesome space for less than $200.

Creating a Pea Gravel Patio for Under $200

Supplies Needed:

How to Get it Done:

Marking Off Circle

1. Decide your location (best if on level ground), measure, and mark with spray paint.

  • Initially, we planned for a 12 foot circle for the patio with 2 feet of mulch around it. But once Mike dug out the 14 foot circle, we realized we needed it all for the patio. Then, we “freehanded” and marked off how we wanted to connect the area to our brick patio.
  • To measure our circular area, we put a shepherd’s hook in the center, added a 7′ long rope/string and used our 7th grade math skills to circle around the shepherd’s hook with a $1 can of spray paint from Lowe’s.

Mike Leveling Off Dirt

2. Once marked, dig out grass and level off dirt.

  • Since we based our measurements off of the where our play set and rubber mulch previously laid, Mike didn’t have too much grass to dig.

Leveling Off Dirt

  • He used a regular ol’ shovel to dig up the grass and then a garden hoe to tamp down and level off the ground.

Installing Edging

Edging

3. Use landscape edging to surround your desired area.

  • We used plastic easy no-dig edging, but I’ve also seen people use stones, metal edging, or wood to enclose the area.
  • You definitely need a barrier separating the pea gravel and your grass or mulch.
  • The edging we purchased came with plastic stakes/nails that Mike hammered in every few feet with a rubber mallet.

Installing Landscape Fabric

4. Secure and cover entire area with landscape fabric.

  • We found our fabric at Aldi for $2.99 (a steal!), but you can also find it at your local home improvement store.
  • It’s key to secure the landscape fabric with lawn stakes so the pea gravel doesn’t get underneath!

Delivering Pea Gravel

5. Order pea gravel and schedule delivery.

  • I searched “pea gravel” + my city in Google and it automatically brought up everyone who sold it around me. It seems like most businesses that show up are more commercial, but they will work with you as a resident!
    • I called around to different businesses to get pricing for the gravel and delivery.
      • Questions I asked:
        • How much gravel would I need for a 14 foot circle, 2 inches deep?
          • After asking this question enough, I was getting a pretty good average of how much I would need.
          • *More than* 2 inches deep creates a surface that’s tough to walk in!
        • Will you deliver to my address and if so, what’s the cost for delivery?
        • Can you drive onto my property or will you only deliver on a driveway?

Shoveling Pea Gravel

Hauling Pea Gravel

6. Load the pea gravel into your space and level off!

  • Since the path to our back yard was too narrow for the dump truck to fit, they unloaded the 3.5 tons of pea gravel onto our driveway.
    • Funny note to say: the driver said “we definitely didn’t order enough,” but we ended up only using just over HALF OF WHAT HE DROPPED OFF! HA! We saved some of the pea gravel in buckets, but a friend picked up the rest for a project at their house. Here’s all the extra gravel we had:

Extra Pea Gravel

  • Use a shovel and wheel barrow to your desired area.
    • You can drop it off in different sections and level every few loads.
    • If you’re lucky enough, your kind neighbors will see you working and offer to chip in to help! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we love our neighborhood and our neighbors! So thankful!

Shoveling Pea Gravel

    • We thought it would have taken days – if not all summer, but hauling it to the back yard only took a couple hours!

Leveling Pea Gravel

7. Use a rake to level off the surface. You don’t want your patio to be any deeper than 2 inches or it will be difficult to walk through – like walking in deep sand!

Patio Chairs

8. Add some seating and a fire pit and RELAX, my friend. You did it!

PEA GRAVEL PRICING

The company we ended up going with didn’t deliver, but suggested a driver who would. In our experience, we just paid the driver. I was SHOCKED at the price and now want to recommend them to everyone for an inexpensive patio option!

Weidle Corporation, Germantown, Ohio
Cost: $13.50 per ton
Quantity: *3 tons (he ended up delivering 3.5 tons)
Delivery Charge: $60

Total Including Gravel, Delivery, and Tax: $110

I used a pea gravel calculator on Weidle’s website; however, we ended up only using half of the 3.5 tons delivered! So, here’s another calculator to estimate how much pea gravel you would need to order. As I advised above, ask your local gravel businesses for a quote as well!

The Reality of a Pea Gravel Patio:

You guys, we’re obsessed with how our new patio looks – especially up next to the whitewashed brick patio I painted a few weeks ago. We’ve been able to “live in it” for a few weeks, so here are a few pros and cons we’re seeing in the patio’s infancy:

Boys Playing

PROS:

  • Unbelievably affordable and relatively easy to create.
  • Kids love it. We thought by removing the playset, kids would have less fun – that has NOT been the case. Kids go straight for the gravel and get to digging. We actually bought a little tool/shovel set from Aldi and it’s been a hit! (If Aldi is out of stock, here’s an inexpensive option from Amazon!)
  • It’s almost like a zen garden – almost difficult to refrain from moving it around.

CONS:

  • The gravel can get stuck in your shoes.
  • Part of kids loving to play in the gravel is that they also like to throw it! Haha. We’ve had to set some rules to help keep it in the circle.
  • The gravel can get into the grass, but it hasn’t been a problem yet!

Back of House

Wide Gravel View

So that’s it! Message me or tag me if you end up creating your own pea gravel patio. I’d LOVE to see how you make it your own!

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