Get all the info you need on pebble patios, so you can add an attractive, efficient and economical hardscape to your backyard or outdoor living space.
By: Sean McEvoy
If you're considering a gravel or pebble patio, you may find that this option is more efficient and economical, and it's just as long-lasting as the more expensive concrete or slate options.
Your first task when planning a pebble patio is to choose a location. A flat surface is recommended, but even if your outdoor space has curves, a pebble patio may still be an option. Think about the primary function of your patio and the average number of guests you anticipate, as well as what furniture you'll want to include, and any focal points like fire pits or bars. Once you've got the lay of the land, it's time to choose the right gravel or pebbles.
For pebble patios, experts recommend a fine-grained gravel like crushed granite, then packing the stone with a drum roller after its laid. This will provide optimum stability underfoot. You'll also want to choose furniture with thick, flat feet or bases, to avoid wobbling.
Lastly, consider adding landscape features to your pebble patio—these lend themselves particularly well to the more natural feel of crushed stone vs. concrete or slate. Landscape timbers or other garden elements can be great choices to further accent the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces that a pebble patio underlines.
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