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Create A DIY Pea Gravel Patio The Easy Way

Create A Pea Gravel Patio The Easy Way

Hi friends! I know you have been eagerly awaiting the details on my Pea Gravel Patio, this was not only easy but gave us the biggest bang for our buck. Thank you for your patience & for all of your sweet comments about my Backyard Reveal. I have had SO many questions about this DIY project and hopefully, I will answer them all in this post.

One of the many questions we were asked after we decided on the Pea Gravel was why? Why not pavers or a deck? There are a few reasons why we chose this option, 1. it’s affordable and we thought we could tackle it ourselves, 2. I LOVE the look & the texture it brings, living out on the east end of Long Island most of the Hamptons homes use this material and it’s beautiful, 3. our yard is small, so I wanted material that felt organic and natural, the small pebbles make the yard seem larger.

Backyard Reveal Using the Most of Your Small Space


pea gravel

weed block rolls

grass killer

pressure treated 2 x 6’s

metal steaks

measuring tape

spray paint

straight edge shovel

small shovel


hinges if needed


large rakes to spread the dirt

Large wheel barrel with double wheels


Before we began our yard wasn’t level, at all. We researched and spoke to a few handy people we knew and they all said level it with the gravel. This makes the project WAY more simple than all of the other tutorials out there, truth be told on the side that needed more stone the surface isn’t as firm, which for us is fine but I wanted you to be aware. On the “thinner” side where we didn’t need as much depth of stone it is perfectly firm. So, if your area is pretty level this tutorial will save you a few steps.

This is how we tackled this project:

1.First, we assessed the area to figure out how large we wanted this space to be and where. Once we decided on a location, next we needed the size. We knew we wanted a dining area, kitchen/serving and lounging by the fire area. I measured all of my furniture and took some spray paint and sprayed right on the grass to visualize both the perimeter size and the furniture placement. I wanted to make sure we had plenty of space to walk around. Tip -don’t rush this part, sleep on it, a few nights, we changed our minds a few times:). We finally decided on a 14′ x 28′ patio space.

Backyard Before

Backyard Before With Privet Hedge

Backyard Progress

2. Once we had the size and location we ordered our materials. We ordered the pea gravel from our local stone shop. We ordered just over 3.5 yards of the smaller stone [it was between 5/8″-3/4″] which was just over $200, you can find yardage calculators online that will help you with this part. The wood border was delivered from Lowe’s along with the weed block rolls.

Pea Gravel for Patio-How Much we needed

3. We first laid out the wood to be sure this was THE size before we started. Then we took spray paint and marked along the inside edge with the paint. I am sure there are other ways to do it but we thought this would work well. Make sure all of your wood is straight. We sprayed weed killer on the grass a few days before and repeated that morning just to be sure.

DIY Pea Gravel Patio

4. Start to dig out your border. We knew one side would be set in more than the other because we wanted to level it. My husband used a flat edge shovel and a small one as well. Along the way John leveled the wood to be sure it was right, we used string & pulled it taut towards the opposite end, then used the level to see how far we would have to dig. It is a large space so we screwed the wood together using metal brackets, 2 at each corner and 2 at the seams.

Pea Gravel Patio-Digging the Border

Pea Gravel Patio-Digging the Border

Pea Gravel Patio-Digging the Border

Pea Gravel Patio

5. After the borders were in place and staked to hold them in place we then laid down the weed preventer. It comes in large rolls and clearly marks how much square footage it will cover, when you plan get extra and overlap. We overlapped the black material so we had 2 layers of weed prevention, weeds still came up this year but not many.

Weed Block for Pea Gravel Patio

6. It’s time to add the pea gravel, the best part! We just kept scooping and dumping until it was off our driveway. If you have an extra person with an extra wheel barrel this will go a lot faster. Or if the other person can even out the stone with the rake, either way you need 2-3 people for this. We used a large piece of wood so the barrel could wheel over the edge without ruining the border. Be sure to rake it good so the surface is even. The stones will look a little dirty until it rains a few times.

Laying the Pea Gravel


Backyard Before


Pea Gravel Patio After

Hamptons Inspired Backyard-Black DIY Bar + Gray Sectional With Bold Outdoor Pillows

Hamptons Inspired Small Backyard-Dining Al Fresco

Hamptons Inspired Full View Reveal 2

Outdoor String Lights + Summer Entertaining

Outdoor Sectional

DIY Light Poles

This project took us 1 FULL day to complete and we love it! We have so much fun out here at night under the stars and the DIY Light Poles set the perfect mood for all to enjoy. I am actually working on a little project back here and will share all the details on Sunday.

FULL source list to this outdoor space HERE.

Hamptons Backard Shop The Look

If you have any other questions just leave them in the comments:). Have a fabulous day friends!

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  1. Thank you for this tutorial! You have really transformed this space! I never would have thought to use pea gravel for a patio. Is it pretty comfortable to walk on barefoot?

  2. Looks lovely 🙂 .. Can you tell me if you sunk the poles for the string lights in cement ? We’ve been looking for ideas to string lights ( and we don’t have trees). And , are the poles round , rather than square ? Thanks ! I always enjoy your posts :))

  3. Did you dig out any of the sod or did you just lay the landscape fabric right on top and add the gravel?

  4. I have been wanting to do this in our backyard. I hesitate because we have a huge oak tree in the yard and it drops leaves all winter. I noticed there was a lot of shrubs or trees near you and wondered if you have that problem and if so how do you rake the leaves without raking the gravel up? Or how do you blow the leaves off without the gravel coming up? Thank you for the info. And, I love how your yard looks.

    1. Hi Wynette, we use a leaf blower and it seems to work. And thank you so much! Let me know hoe you make out:). Jen

  5. I love this! It looks like you did not remove any of the old grass but placed everything on top…Is this correct?

  6. Hello!! I love your pea gravel patio and the lights so much, it is so helpful as it is exactly what I want to do! I do want to know if you had any other thoughts rather than the wood as the border? And, do your light poles go all the way around your patio, all 4 sides? Or just an area? I cant tell from the pics. Thank you!

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