How to Choose the Right Size for Gravel

Did you know that gravel can have many uses around your home? You can use it to create an easy-to-maintain flower bed, a simple walkway, or to accent other features in your yard. While you might have a few unique ideas that involve gravel, how do you know exactly which size of gravel you’ll need?

Today, we’re going to take a quick look at how you can pick the right gravel. All that you need to do is gain a thorough understanding of the kind of maintenance that you’re looking for and you’ll be ready to pick the right size of gravel.

How Will You Use the Gravel?

While the look of your gravel will be important, you’ll also need to consider how it needs to behave. For example, some types of gravel “roll” when they’re under your foot, while other types are far more compact. The rolling type of gravel might be more ideal for a walkway made of gravel and river stone.

Understanding how you are going to be using the gravel will go far in helping you pick out the right size of gravel for your task. 

For example, if you’re looking for gravel to help save your topsoil, you might need to pick out larger sizes of gravel than you would for other tasks.

Here are the most common uses of gravel:

  • River rocks are smooth and rounded. They are generally chosen for their visual appeal and are often used for lining gardens and flowerbeds
  • Crushed gravel consists of small chips and dust that are smaller than 5/8th of an inch. It’s good for creating a smooth surface for driveways or patio beds.
  • Pea gravel is made from round stones that are ideal for walking on, making this type of gravel excellent for playgrounds and pathways.

Once you’ve come up with the ways that you plan to use your gravel, you’ll need to consider the price point that you’re comfortable with for your project.

What’s Your Budget?

Gravel varies in cost based on a few different variables, such as color, size, and the type of mineral mix used. Understanding your budget will help you to compare the different sizes and understand which one you can afford. You might discover that a smaller type of gravel may add a few hundred dollars to your job without adding any meaningful benefits.

If a type of gravel is expensive but doesn’t add something meaningful to the project, it’s best left behind. Keep in mind the entire picture of the project when it comes time to buy your gravel.

Contact the team at Tigard Sand and Gravel today to find quality gravel products for your next outdoor project.