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Old 11-07-2011, 04:27 AM
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Admiral and I are looking to put a patio next to our deck in the back yard. We like the look of a pea gravel type area and will be adding an outdoor fireplace

I am planning on scrapping area level with bobcat and using heavy black landscaping cloth and then putting about 4-6" of pea gravel(got access to a dump trailer).

Do i need sand down too or is the pea gravel enough

Pros and cons to pea gravel as opposed to patio stones

It will be an area to just sit and enjoy my cigars and few drinks more or less, still have a two tier deck with hot tub on one area and grill and furniture on other tier.

We are also planning on screening in top level of deck to make it more useable year round and free of mosquito's in summer
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I don't have a pea gravel patio, but I use this stuff a lot on my job. I can caution that when the stones make there way onto a flat surface, such as pavers or slate that you may embed in the pea gravel, they turn into marbles and can be hazardous when you step on them.

The other problem I have with them, is if you have any mud at all on your shoes, they attach to them like sprinkles on a ice cream cone.
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Someone I know had a pea gravel driveway and to me it moved a lot under your feet. I like river jacks they are larger than pea gravel and move less when you walk on them.

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Both Mike and halfmoon have valid points about the potential deficiencies of your proposed project. Have you given consideration of using exposed aggregate concrete for your patio? If done and applied right you would or could visually "have your cake and eat it too" and an ultimately overall easier to maintain patio area to boot.

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We have a pea gravel flower bed maybe 15x 20 .Look great but you
have to spray it often for weeds.Kids love to scoop them up and play in them.
And yes you will get a stone bruise from the ones that get on a hard surface.
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Both Mike and halfmoon have valid points about the potential deficiencies of your proposed project. Have you given consideration of using exposed aggregate concrete for your patio? If done and applied right you would or could visual "have your cake and eat it too" and an ultimately overall easier to maintain patio area to boot.
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You might want to consider using a polymer if you like the look of pea gravel. I have seen this done around pools.

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concrete exposed aggregate will look something like pea gravel, be stable underfoot and won't disperse into the lawn and surrounding areas.
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If you have your heart set on the look without the cost/work of concrete with exposed aggregate, another option is to lay out a base of dense grade cruched stone, plate compact it, then lay out a thin layer of pea gravel and some portland cement powder, dampen and plate compact again. A polymer product may also work. This will lock in the gravel. Anything more than a thin layer will move under foot and migrates into the lawn, home, etc..

Another option is exposed aggregate pavers. Up here, exposed aggregate and stamped concrete is very expensive and IMO does not hold up well tot the NE weather cycles.
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My driveway in CT was done with a granite "pea stone" and a Belgium block boarder. The stone came directly from the quarry with a lot of stone "dust". Once the stone compacted, it was very hard with only a few loose stones on the top.

The biggest problem I had with my stone driveway was the stones getting into the cleats of shoes/boots. Those little stones did a number on the hardwood floors.

The walkways were brick pavers set in a fine stone dust that I screened using the same material as a window screen. I don't think any of the pavers moved at all through many New England winters.
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I have made a pea gravel patio to extend my back porch.

It's 8' x 32'. I bordered it with treated 4x4s. lined it with 2 layers of landscape fabric, and filled it with small river stone.

I then placed stepping stones to set the chair legs on. You cannot put furniture in the gravel.

Simple and easy although not the best walking surface.
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Crushed stone tends to lock up and migrate less.

It's certainly a quick and easy patio.

Could also edge it with Ryerson steel or aluminum edging.

Don't skimp on fabric.
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This past summer I took out an above ground pool and used the space for a patio with a firepit. I used paving stones for the main portion of the patio with a three x three ft area in the center filled with pea stone for the fire place which was purchased. Around the edge of the patio is pea stone with landscape cloth underneath about 16" wide. Looks nice and fills the space formally ocupied by the pool. I used polymeric sand mix for between the patio blocks. Keeps the weeds out.
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Originally Posted by Fl Fisherman View Post
We have a pea gravel flower bed maybe 15x 20 .Look great but you
have to spray it often for weeds.Kids love to scoop them up and play in them.
And yes you will get a stone bruise from the ones that get on a hard surface.
That is what we have in our front walkway area, did away with mulch and used the larger size rock I bought at Lowes(was going to get truck bed load but the bags were easy to handle)

I have had very little problem with weeds, put two layers of the fabric down and we do have hosta and other plants that grow well and a small pond
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