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Pea Gravel & Shingle (2 Products)

If you're looking for an affordable and versatile option for your landscaping needs, look no further than pea gravel (otherwise known as pea shingle). These small but mighty stones are a great way to add texture, colour, and functionality to any outdoor space and offer a variety of design options for homeowners and landscaping professionals. What's more, they also provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional paving materials such as concrete and asphalt.

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Pea Gravel & Shingle

Pea gravel, commonly referred to as pea shingle, is the perfect way to add a touch of personality and subtle charm to any landscaping project. This unique product is made of small, smooth pea-sized gravel (hence the name) and can be used for a variety of applications, including walkways, garden borders, paths, driveways, and as a decorative element in gardens and flower beds. 

The myriad of colour that pea gravel brings, ensure it blends with any existing aesthetic/plants. The harmonious blend of greys, browns, and creams in pea gravels makes them a timeless favourite in landscaping and decorative uses. They possess a subdued charm when dry, but when wet, they exhibit a lively and vibrant appearance - perfect for adding a splash of colour to gardens in winter.

However, pea shingle products are far more than just decorative aggregates, they also serve a multitude of functional purposes. For example, pea shingle improves drainage, making it a popular choice in drainage schemes. It is also easy to walk on, making it a great option for high-traffic areas.

Pea Gravel Applications

Due to its versatility, pea shingle is perfect for both decorative and structural projects. It is commonly packaged around drainage systems as drain and pipe bedding, and mixed with other materials, although it can also be used as a decorative measure for sprucing up borders, water features, pathways and driveways. 

Let's check its uses: 

  • Can improve the structural integrity of construction materials
  • Can be used in both decorative and structural projects
  • Can be mixed with gravel, floor screeds, sand, and a number of other materials
  • Can add volume to your materials
  • Can be used to spruce up a front garden, driveway and pathway -  ideal for general ground cover

Pea Gravel Key Features

  • Pea gravel's porous nature allows for natural drainage of rainwater, allowing it to percolate into the soil
  • Inexpensive and versatile
  • Excellent natural weed suppressant
  • Ideal for filling voids between slabs and tiles
  • Durable - doesn't decompose
  • Requires very little maintenance
  • Available in a wide range of colours and sizes
  • For both commercial and domestic use

Here at Materials Market, we stock a variety of quality pea shingle bulk bags to help you create your ideal outdoor space. See our full range of sand and aggregates for further details and tick off your project list today. 

Frequently Asked Pea Shingle & Gravel Questions

Is Pea Shingle the Same as Pea Gravel?

Yes, the two are exactly the same. Pea shingle is just another way to refer to pea gravel. 

Is There a Difference Between Gravel and Shingle?

Despite the fact that pea gravel and pea shingle are one and the same, this should not be confused with thinking that both gravel and shingle are the same material; the two are entirely different. 

Gravel is a loose aggregation of small fragments of rock most commonly used to create foundations or as ballast. Shingle, on the other hand, comprise small stones that feature a butt end thicker than the other.

How Do You Install Pea Gravel Decoratively? 

Simply spread one bag of shingle in a predetermined space and smooth it out until it is level; the installation process really is that simple. 

Do The Weight of Pea Gravel Bags Vary? 

Yes. Customers should note that the weight of bags will vary along with the colour. The bulk bag size and quality will always be the same but, due to varying levels of moisture in the shingle, some bags might weigh more than others. So, one load might be slightly heavier than another.

How Much Pea Shingle Do I Need? 

This very much depends on the application in question. One way you could approximate the amount is to use an online gravel calculator and use this as a rough guide to guide your estimations. Always contact a professional if in doubt. For further advice, contact our sales team. 

Can You Pave Over Gravel?

Block paving cannot be laid directly on top of loose loads of gravel as it does not provide a stable and level surface. The gravel would not be compacted enough, causing movement and making it impossible to screed level the surface. A solid and compacted base is necessary for block paving, therefore gravel is not a suitable option for the sub base.

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