Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What Is Better For Your Landscaping Project, Crushed or Pea Gravel?

When it comes to landscaping, people tend to picture flowers, shrubbery, trees, groomed lawns, and other foliage. But another important aspect of proper landscaping is the hardscaping, which can involve paths, mulch, and drainage. You can use a variety of materials for your hardscaping, from concrete and asphalt to gravel and sand. Gravel itself comes in a variety of choices. Two popular choices you can find from a supplier such as All Valley Sand and Gravel are crushed gravel and pea gravel.

Crushed Gravel

Crushed gravel can also be referred to as crushed rock, as it is primarily literally composed of crushed pieces of stone. In some cases, crushed concrete pieces may also be mixed in. While crushed gravel pieces tend to be about half an inch to an inch in diameter, granular, sand-like pieces tend to be present as well, which helps add to the stability of crushed gravel. Even without the sand-like pieces, crushed gravel has excellent ability to compact due to its tendency to have irregular, sharp edges. As the edges fit together, the compact gravel can be used for creating a hard base for a number of purposes, such as for fence posts or other structures. More popularly, however, it is used to create a surface for a driveway, walkway, or patio. Although the gravel is great for compacting, crushed gravel also allows for adequate drainage, and is relatively low maintenance. 
Pea Gravel

Although it is also composed of stone, pea gravel differs from crushed gravel in several ways. Instead of being composed of irregular, sharp stone pieces, pea gravel contains smaller, rounded stones. The stones are smooth in feel, which can be gentler on bare feet if used in walkways or patios. It also tends to have a more aesthetically pleasing look, coming in a variety of colors such as light blues, whites, tans, and even reds. Due to the smoothness of the stones, they do not compact as well as crushed gravel, and will require edging to prevent them from scattering. Like crushed gravel, pea gravel allows for adequate drainage and is relatively low maintenance. A company such as All Valley Sand and Gravel thatspecializes in gravels and other filler materials can assist you in deciding which gravel would be best for your landscaping project.

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