If your property needs a new driveway but you don't have much money to spend, then you should think about using pea gravel. Pea gravel is less expensive than other driveway materials and you might even be able to install it yourself. Here are some tips for installing a pea gravel driveway.
Choose The Gravel Color
Pea gravel comes in a variety of colors. The rocks are small, round, and attractive. You might want your driveway to be a natural color like tan. You can also buy pea gravel in a mix of colors such as red, blue, and gray. Colorful gravel can brighten your property. You can even extend the look by adding the pea gravel around your plants and flowers as attractive mulch. You can also make walkways out of the pea gravel to connect your driveway to your front door or a side gate. Since the rocks are smooth they are easy to walk on.
Measure Your Driveway
You'll need a lot of pea gravel to cover a driveway, so you'll want to have a stone delivery company bring it. Be sure to order the right amount by measuring the width, length, and depth of the driveway and any walkways you want to make. These measurements can be plugged into a calculator to determine the volume of pea gravel you'll need to have delivered. Prepare a place for the rocks to be dropped off. Ideally, you'll have the driveway prepped and ready for spreading the gravel before it's delivered.
Prepare The Base Of The Driveway
The hardest part of installing the driveway yourself is prepping the base. You'll probably need to rent special equipment or hire someone to do it for you. All the grass and roots have to be dug out of the area. Then, the driveway is made as level as possible and the soil is compacted. One good thing about pea gravel is that it allows rain to soak straight into the soil, so you don't have to worry about preventing runoff and puddles. When the soil is compacted, it's time to line the driveway with landscaping fabric. This keeps weeds from growing up through the gravel and helps ensure there is good drainage. Before you spread the gravel, install edging along the sides of your driveway. This keeps rocks from being kicked onto your lawn by tires or people walking.
Spread The Stones
A stone driveway usually has a few layers. The bottom layer uses larger stones and each layer uses smaller stones, with pea gravel on top. You'll probably want at least two or three layers, so you'll want to plan for that when you have the stones delivered. If you have a long driveway, the delivery truck may spread the stones as they're dumped. If not, you'll need to move the stones onto the driveway with a wheelbarrow and spread them out with a rake.
Although it's a lot of work to put in a pea gravel driveway yourself, it is worth it for all the savings you'll receive. Plus, pea gravel is attractive, so you won't have to sacrifice good looks to save money on your new driveway.