how to make a
pea gravel patio
This DIY pea gravel patio is cheap and easy to make yourself! I'll show you how to make a gravel patio in just a few days for the perfect backyard hangout!
Pea gravel 3 inches deep
Straight edged shovel
Marking spray paint
Landscaping fabric stakes
Wheelbarrow or dump cart
Remove grass if needed
Determine the shape of your gravel patio, then spray paint the desired line.
Dig down three inches
I found that three inches is the perfect depth for a pea gravel patio. Too shallow, and the rocks can mix with the soil and create a muddy mess. Too deep, and it's hard to walk across.
Once you've got the soil cleared away, compact the soil with a tamper. Then roll weed blocking landscaping fabric across the entire area and secure with stakes.
The raised side goes along the grass, and makes it easy to create straight and curved lines with the edging blocks.
Spread out the rocks with a metal rake over the entire patio area.
Add Pea Gravel
When you've filled it about an inch, use the tamper to stabilize and compact the gravel patio base layer. Add remaining pea gravel
Add a fire pit and benches and you're ready to use your pea gravel patio!