Easy DIY Weed Free Gravel Path or Pea Gravel Garden

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Here are the 3 Quick and Easy DIY steps to a weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden in your yard.

OK guys, pulling weeds is one of my least favorite chores. It’s sunny and humid in Houston, weeds grow really fast 9 months of the year. I spend 1/2 a day every week pulling up the weed jungle in our flower beds. But luckily, I’ve found a way to block some of those weeds with 3 quick and easy DIY steps to a weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden. Yay!

Now, I won’t have to worry about our path turning into a jungle again this year. Fair warning, I say this is easy because you don’t need special skills, chemicals, or tools to do this.

But, it’s yard work. So, it does mean you’ll need to do some physical labor. Hang in there though. It’ll be worth it when your done. And, it will prevent a lot of extra weeding later.

3 quick and easy steps to a weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden. You can block those weeds for years with just a little labor and 2 things from your local landscape supplier.
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Which Gravel To Use For A Gravel Path or Gravel Garden

You want to make sure to pick a gravel that looks pretty and feels comfortable to walk on. The smaller gravel is, the easier it is to walk on. You’ll also want a gravel with rounded edges, instead of the sharp edges you find on some larger gravel.

Small rounded gravel, like pea gravel works best for making pretty and an easy to walk on weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden. Pea Gravel is pretty cheap too. You can even use pea gravel to cover dirt driveways, just make sure to use a thick enough layer of pea gravel.

3 quick and easy steps to a weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden. You can block those weeds for years with just a little labor and 2 things from your local landscape supplier.
This path behind our pool gets filled with 2 foot high weeds in the summer. This year, I decided to block those weeds with this quick and easy DIY weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden.

How Much Does a Weed Free Gravel Path or Pea Gravel Garden Costs

Pea Gravel is actually pretty cheap, especially if you can buy it in bulk. At least it is here. We probably did this whole path for $20 or $30 bucks. And it will last for years. This is the same gravel I used on that DIY Pea Gravel Digging Site for our boys!

At most landscape supply shops you can have pea gravel dumped directly into the back of your truck bed. I think we bought a full truck bed of pea gravel for just $60.

We buy our mulch this way too. It saves a lot of money and we don’t have all of those empty plastic bags to throw away later. And, being able to drive the truck full of mulch or gravel right where we need it saves time and effort!

What You’ll Need

3 Easy DIY Steps to a Weed Free Gravel Path or Pea Gravel Garden

Step One – Prep Your Space

Some people just put landscape fabric over weeds and leave them alone. But, I’m always afraid that some of those weeds will be “super weeds” and push through the fabric barrier.

To be safe, I dig up the top 2 inches of soil across the whole path. It’s a bit of work, I just think of it as an extra work out.

Digging up the top layer of soil means I can also level any uneven spots. And, it means I can lower the dirt in the area for the path or garden below the ground I won’t be using gravel on. 

Digging about an inch down for your path or pea gravel garden will help to hold the gravel in place and prevent your gravel from washing away in the rain.

OR, you can use pretty garden edging to make crisp, clean lines for your pea gravel path or garden. Garden edging comes in a lot of styles and is pretty easy to install.

After you’ve dug across the whole area for your weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden, rake across the area to clear out the weeds, rocks, and limbs you just lifted up.

3 quick and easy steps to a weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden. You can block those weeds for years with just a little labor and 2 things from your local landscape supplier.
Shoveling up the top layer of dirt and weeds.

Step Two – Spread Thick Landscape Fabric

Now, unroll the landscape fabric across your path or gravel garden. Be sure to have a few extra inches on either side. You can use galvanized garden staples to pin your fabric in place.

If you need to lay rows of the landscape fabric, be sure to overlap the row by a few inches and hold it in place with garden staples to block weeds from growing between the rows of landscaping fabric.

Be sure to pick a thick landscaping fabric. It costs more but last a lot longer.

3 quick and easy steps to a weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden. You can block those weeds for years with just a little labor and 2 things from your local landscape supplier.
I spread 4′ wide fabric across the path, leaving extra fabric on either side.

Step Three – Spread Gravel and Trim

Next, wheelbarrow in piles of pea gravel. You want your path to be 1 or 2 inches thick, so make sure to use enough pea gravel.

Then spread that pea gravel smooth with the flat side of your rake. Use the flat side so that you don’t accidentally rip the fabric beneath the rake.

You want the pea gravel to be at least an inch thick to completely cover the landscaping fabric. After you’ve finished spreading the pea gravel for your path or garden, you can trim away any extra fabric on the sides with scissors.

I buried some of mine under the larger landscaping rocks on one side of our path. Easy peasy and so much prettier!

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3 quick and easy steps to a weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden. You can block those weeds for years with just a little labor and 2 things from your local landscape supplier.
How cute is my little helper? He loved working on this weed free gravel path with me. 🙂

That’s it for my 3 easy DIY steps to a Weed Free Gravel Path. If you love easy home improvement projects as much as I do, check out my Easy DIY Home Improvement videos on YouTube.


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Weed Free Gravel Path

Guys, it's pretty easy to get a weed free gravel path. In 3 easy DIY steps, you can block those weeds for years with just a little labor and 2 things from your local landscape supplier. #AbbottsAtHome #Weeds #NoWeeds #PeaGravel #Landscaping
Here are the 3 Quick and Easy DIY steps to a weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden in your yard.

Tools

  • heavy duty rake
  • shovel
  • Landscaping Fabric
  • Pea Gravel

Instructions

Which Gravel To Use For A Gravel Path or Gravel Garden

You want to make sure to pick a gravel that looks pretty and feels comfortable to walk on. The smaller gravel is, the easier it is to walk on. You’ll also want a gravel with rounded edges, instead of the sharp edges you find on some larger gravel.

Small rounded gravel, like pea gravel works best for making pretty and an easy to walk on weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden. Pea Gravel is pretty cheap too. You can even use pea gravel to cover dirt driveways, just make sure to use a thick enough layer of pea gravel.

How Much Does a Weed Free Gravel Path or Pea Gravel Garden Costs

Pea Gravel is actually pretty cheap, especially if you can buy it in bulk. At least it is here. We probably did this whole path for $20 or $30 bucks. And it will last for years. This is the same gravel I used on that DIY Pea Gravel Digging Site for our boys!

At most landscape supply shops you can have pea gravel dumped directly into the back of your truck bed. I think we bought a full truck bed of pea gravel for just $60.

We buy our mulch this way too. It saves a lot of money and we don’t have all of those empty plastic bags to throw away later. And, being able to drive the truck full of mulch or gravel right where we need it saves time and effort!

Step One – Prep Your Space

  1. Some people just put landscape fabric over weeds and leave them alone. But, I’m always afraid that some of those weeds will be “super weeds” and push through the fabric barrier.
  2. To be safe, I dig up the top 2 inches of soil across the whole path. It’s a bit of work, I just think of it as an extra work out.
  3. Digging up the top layer of soil means I can also level any uneven spots. And, it means I can lower the dirt in the area for the path or garden below the ground I won’t be using gravel on.
  4. Digging about an inch down for your path or pea gravel garden will help to hold the gravel in place and prevent your gravel from washing away in the rain.
  5. OR, you can use pretty garden edging to make crisp, clean lines for your pea gravel path or garden. Garden edging comes in a lot of styles and is pretty easy to install.
  6. After you’ve dug across the whole area for your weed free gravel path or pea gravel garden, rake across the area to clear out the weeds, rocks, and limbs you just lifted up.

Step Two – Spread Thick Landscape Fabric

  1. Now, unroll the landscape fabric across your path or gravel garden. Be sure to have a few extra inches on either side. You can use galvanized garden staples to pin your fabric in place.
  2. If you need to lay rows of the landscape fabric, be sure to overlap the row by a few inches and hold it in place with garden staples to block weeds from growing between the rows of landscaping fabric.
  3. Be sure to pick a thick landscaping fabric. It costs more but last a lot longer.

Step Three – Spread Gravel and Trim

  1. Next, wheelbarrow in piles of pea gravel. You want your path to be 1 or 2 inches thick, so make sure to use enough pea gravel.
  2. Then spread that pea gravel smooth with the flat side of your rake. Use the flat side so that you don’t accidentally rip the fabric beneath the rake.
  3. You want the pea gravel to be at least an inch thick to completely cover the landscaping fabric. After you’ve finished spreading the pea gravel for your path or garden, you can trim away any extra fabric on the sides with scissors.
  4. I buried some of mine under the larger landscaping rocks on one side of our path. Easy peasy and so much prettier!

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