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Landscaping with gravel

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

Are you planning a landscaping project and would love to add gravel paths, gravel mulch, gravel driveways and more?

It is important to know that not all gravel is equal and all gravel is not suitable for all purposes.

Decomposed Granite

This is a powdery type granite which is a mix of silt and rocks. It is very popular for paths, patios and more. It tends to be very affordable and starts its life yellow/gold and fads to a tan colour.

Generally installed in layers with compacting in between and a water activated binder can also be added to glue it together. Install a weed mat underneath to discourage weeds.

It does require maintenance so you will need to refresh it from time to time or patch areas as required.

Decomposed granite is not always ideal to have too near to your house as it tends to track in on shoes or pet feet.

Crushed Stone

This is a typical gravel driveway stone. It is also used for patios, retaining wall drainage, backfill and grading. Crushed stone tends to come in various shades of grey and various sizes depending on the project.

It does tend to resist weeds while letting water pass through. Again a weed mat underneath will help to discourage weeds further.

It is not ideal for walking on barefoot so take this into consideration when planning.

Pea Gravel

Rather than being a gravel pea gravel is a small smooth river rock. If you are going to use it for paths, walkways and patios it will require regular raking for an even surface.


Edging is essential for most types of gravel so that you keep it in place and it doesn't wash away in the next downpour. Metal, wood, stone, concrete and brick are just some options to choose from for your edging.


The gravel mentioned above is just a starting point. If you would like to include natural materials in your landscaping project, speak to the team at Branching Out Co. We are knowledgable in all aspects of stone landscaping.


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