DIY Pea Gravel Patio

We’re Back: DIY Pea Gravel Patio 2-year Update

Before & After House & Home

Hey friends and happy spring from Cincinnati! After a nearly 2-year hiatus consisting of pregnancy, pandemic & newborn (among other things), we’re back to share our latest project(s) with you. If you recall during the summer of 2019, we were looking for an affordable patio addition that would last at least a few years. Our original post details the process from start to finish for under $200.

2 Years Later

Nearly 2 years later, some overgrown grass and a general lack of upkeep are beginning to show my abandonment of a once beautiful area. Thankfully nothing but labor was required to freshen up this space and make it look good as new.

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

The Problem

Slowly but surely over time, we began noticing exposed fabric, grass growing out of the fabric around the edging, raised support nails that were affecting the shape of the edging, and unlevel pea gravel across the entire surface of the patio itself.

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

The Touch-up

Equipped with my handy-dandy shovel and some elbow grease, I spent an “infant nap” worth of time (about 2 hours) bringing it back up to something I’d be proud of again. I dug an edge from each side (the gravel and grass) to allow enough separation between them, which provides the best visual result (to my eye at least) … so many parentheses in this paragraph!

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

Completion

2 hours later, we’re back in business with a great looking (and functioning) DIY Pea Gravel Patio! Of course I could’ve saved a lot of time just weed eating the perimeter, but I wanted to have more separation from the gravel to the grass than that would provide. I also wanted to address the other problem areas documented above (the landscape fabric, raised nails & inconsistent gravel thickness & depth). If you missed our first post, here’s where it all started.

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

We’re back!

We hope to be updating all of you on a much more regular basis now that many of our son’s “first” milestones are behind us. From our family to yours, thank you for continuing to join us on this journey of restoring and bringing life to our 1950s home.

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

2 thoughts on “We’re Back: DIY Pea Gravel Patio 2-year Update”

  1. Oops! I posted a comment on your first post about this project not realizing you posted an update! How would you rate the landscape fabric? We’re trying to find one that effectively blocks weeds but a lot of reviewers say they don’t. Also, where did you drop your dirt off?

    1. Hey, Karla! It does a pretty good job of blocking weeds. We’re going on our third year now with minor tweaks needed each year (I need to take some more updated photos as it looks a bit different now). I repurposed the dirt in another part of the yard.

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