Installing gravel is a great way to create a functional walking path or a durable relaxation space in your yard. With rising utility costs, many homeowners are replacing grass with gravel and enjoying savings, and feeling good about water conservation. If you’re interested in installing gravel in your yard, there are some valuable tips to keep in mind to ensure it will be safe, look good, and hold up to the elements for years to come.
Choose the right kind of gravel for your project.
You may call all types of rock “gravel,” but there are many sizes, shapes, and textures to choose from. Selecting the right gravel for your project is an essential first step.
- Walkways: Use gravel that is ¼ inch or smaller in diameter, preferably with a smooth texture.
- Landscaping: Various sizes, textures, and colors can be selected based on aesthetic desires. However, figure out how much different types of rocks will cost based on the volume you need for your area. That may make a difference for you.
- Replacing bark mulch: River stones work well to absorb the sun’s heat and keep the soil moist and cool.
- Patio bases: Processed or crushed gravel works best as a foundation under brick or concrete block patios.
- Drainage areas: ¾” to 1 ½” crushed granite stone is the most economical solution to fill drainage zones.
The experienced staff at Hilton Landscape Supply will work with you to determine the best type of gravel for your project.
Create a base for your gravel.
Never lay gravel on bare grass or uneven areas. Your investment will quickly fill with weeds or erode away. By taking the time to create a good foundation, your gravel will stay in place for much longer.
- Remove the layer of grass if applicable.
- Dig out the dirt deep enough for the type of gravel you will be using. Depending on the size of the stone, a good depth is usually between 2 and 3 inches. Alternatively, you can use edging bricks or similar materials to get depth with minimal or no digging.
- Smooth down the bare soil with a rake.
- Apply a layer of landscaping fabric over the dirt. Secure edges with landscaping staples.
Be prepared to maintain your gravel.
Routinely raking the gravel will help improve its appearance and keep the surface even to make walking across it safer for you and your guests. Remove any leaves or other landscaping debris that falls into the rocks. Budget to add new gravel annually as needed.
If you’re thinking about installing gravel in your yard, talk with the experts at Hilton Landscape Supply.
Whether looking for the broadest selection of hardscape materials perfect for our local area or needing help figuring out where to start with your dream project, Hilton Landscape Supply is the place to go. We’ve been serving Southern Oregon and Northern California since 1956, so we know the best materials to bring your projects to life. Our team members will walk you through the steps you’ll need to take, help you select the best materials for the project, and arrange to have them delivered right to your property. Don’t let another season pass you by. Visit us in Central Point, and let’s get started on your project today!