What Is Pea Gravel?

Pea gravel is a type of small, smooth stone used in landscaping, gardening and outdoor construction. According to ATAK Trucking.com, pea gravel is quite literally named for its comparable size to that of green peas.


According to ATAK Trucking.com, pea gravel is most often used as a landscaping element to accent perimeters of garden and lawn areas. It is also a filler material used in between stepping stones on a landscaped walkway. Pea gravel can also be used to form a driveway, and as a drainage element for potted plants and flower beds.


According to PaverSearch.com, pea gravel is available for purchase in a wide variety of sizes. Standard pea gravel is available in sizes ranging from 1/4 of an inch down to 1/8 of an inch. Pea gravel is also available in a slightly larger variety that encompasses a size range of 1/2 inch to 1 1/4 inches.


Pea gravel comes in a variety of color options that include translucent tones, white, beige, yellow and gray, according to ATAK Trucking.


The pricing list at EarthProducts.net says the cost of decorative pea gravel as $55 per ton. ATAK Trucking's website says it delivers gravel in bulk for a purchase of at least 20 tons.

Expert Insight

ATAKTrucking.com provides a gravel calculator on its website, so that potential customers can calculate how many cubic yards of gravel they will need based on coverage area width, length and desired gravel depth.

Kimberly Back

Kimberly Back is a freelance writer and the editor of Stage of Life's "Having a Baby" section. She has written feature articles for the "Corbin Times-Tribune" newspaper, online articles for Omnigital and WAHM, as well as original quizzes for Pangea Media. Back has a bachelor's degree in sociology with a criminology concentration.