I am so excited to be giving you guys a tour of our DIY Pea Gravel Patio!
Our DIY Pea Gravel Patio is something I am asked about quite often, so I thought I would answer a few questions about it today and give you a little tour of the space! 🙂
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We installed our patio about three years ago now, and we have loved this space so much. It sits right underneath our Boxelder tree off the kitchen, then turns towards the back part of our home.
Why should you install a Pea Gravel Patio?
1. It is English Cottage in Style
I love pea gravel for so many reasons. As most of you know, I love English Cottage Style. A few years ago my husband and I had the opportunity to visit the Cotswold Cottage (brought over stone by stone from England) in Greenfield Village here in Michigan, and it had a lovely patio that was all pea gravel.
I fell in love with the space and wanted to do something similar in our own backyard!
2. It is Budget Friendly
Our patio isn’t huge, but had we chosen to install a deck or even purchase stone pavers, we would have spent a lot more money. Pea gravel is an affordable option if you are wanting a lot of bang for your buck!
For our size patio we spent about $150 which gave us roughly 5 yards of gravel. We got our pea gravel from a local quarry.
3. It is Low Maintenance
Unlike a deck that has to be refinished every few years, or a stone patio that can sink and shift depending on where you live, pea gravel really doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. If you have little children like I do that like to take the gravel and throw it into the grass, well then you may have to fill in low spots every few years. Other than that, it is very low maintenance!
Tips for Installing a Pea Gravel Patio
Use Landscape Fabric
We were a little cheap when we installed ours and bought some fabric at the dollar store. BIG mistake. We had weeds all over that very year.
Be sure to invest in fabric that is thick and durable. You don’t have to remove all your grass before laying down fabric, but I’m sure it would help. In the area where we dug up all the sod beforehand, we seem to have less weeds.
Create a Tall Border
When we first installed this patio, we used pavers to outline the space. It worked well at first, but with time those pavers sunk down into the ground and the pea gravel began to spill out the sides of our patio.
This year, we decided to use some free field stone from a local farmer to replace our pavers and create a border that was a bit taller. I LOVE the way the stone looks, and while I’m sure it will sink over time as well, we can always add more stone layers to the existing border.
Pea Gravel Patio Tour
There is still so much more I’d like to do with this space. I am constantly looking for rustic containers to add for more plants. We have tomatoes and zucchini growing in containers this year which I am so excited about!
We have planted really low maintenance plants like catmint and hostas around the tree and near the curve of our patio, and they are looking so beautiful. We also have some different mint varieties growing which I love to incorporate into my cooking.
I usually like to have more hanging baskets on the patio in different containers, but I really struggled finding good ones locally this year!
For a touch of whimsy we added string lights to the tree branches above the patio and I love how they look, all lit up at night.
Our table was a DIY project, and while the bottom portion is all pressure treated wood, the top sadly is not. Just another example of us trying to save money and then paying for it in the long run! We will have to rebuild it in the next few years I’m sure.
I got the patio chairs from Walmart last year and I love their clean black lines. Unfortunately right now they are an in-store purchase only, but I linked them for you for reference!
One of my favorite views is when I’m standing near the redbud tree looking at our patio and shed. So much hard work has gone into this space and I am so filled with gratitude for all that the Lord has allowed us to accomplish!
We recently installed a hammock (we got it at our local hardware store but you can find a similar one, here) and it has been one of my favorite spots this summer!
If you are interested in learning more about our patio and some of the projects we have tackled, I rounded most of them up in a post earlier this week – 5 Thrifty Cottage Style Outdoor DIY Projects – if you’d like to check it out!
I hope you enjoyed this tour of our DIY Pea Gravel Patio! If you’re looking for more patio ideas, check out this awesome post shared by my friends Brittany and Deborah over at Vintage Society Company! So much inspiration over there!
And as always, if you have any questions about my patio or if I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below!