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Types of Landscape Gravel

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Gravel is a versatile landscaping tool that works well in driveways, pathways and as ground cover. Landscape gravel comes in many shades and sizes.

Crushed Rock

Crushed rock is typically in 1 1/2- to 1 3/4-inch pieces and gray in hue.

River Rock

River rock is round and polished and typically used in ponds and garden beds where foot traffic won't disturb it. River rock is usually 1 to 2 inches in diameter but can come in larger sizes.

Shell gravel

Shell gravel consists of crushed shell and other natural materials. Shell gravel can be used in place of rock gravel and makes a nice addition to coastal homes.

Pebble

Pebbles are similar to crushed rock but slightly smaller. Pebbles can be natural or machine polished and come in a range of hues.

Color

No matter the size you choose, landscape gravel comes in many different shades. Typical colors are white, dark gray, light gray, black, tan and pink.

Landscape Gravel For Yards

Surrounding a lawn or landscape, the edging frames the yard, providing a barrier between the landscape and outside traffic. Like the frame of a painting, the look of edging either enhances or detracts from the overall aesthetic of the lawn. This type of gravel comes in several sizes and features textures ranging from a rough cut look with slightly weathered corners to pebble-like smoothness and a round shape. The natural browns and blacks of river rock blend with all types of plants from green grass of every shade to bright colored flowers, making it the best all around choice for edging. Whether trailing through a garden or providing a walkway to the front door, gravel walkways must stand up to foot traffic. This size gravel is small enough to pack tightly underfoot but large enough to provide adequate drainage during rain, which prevents gravel drifts from forming outside the path of the walkway.

Landscape Gravel For Yards

Surrounding a lawn or landscape, the edging frames the yard, providing a barrier between the landscape and outside traffic. Like the frame of a painting, the look of edging either enhances or detracts from the overall aesthetic of the lawn. This type of gravel comes in several sizes and features textures ranging from a rough cut look with slightly weathered corners to pebble-like smoothness and a round shape. The natural browns and blacks of river rock blend with all types of plants from green grass of every shade to bright colored flowers, making it the best all around choice for edging. Whether trailing through a garden or providing a walkway to the front door, gravel walkways must stand up to foot traffic. This size gravel is small enough to pack tightly underfoot but large enough to provide adequate drainage during rain, which prevents gravel drifts from forming outside the path of the walkway.

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