What Is the Price of Pea Gravel?

Angela Brown
Written by Angela Brown
Updated May 17, 2022
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Highlights

  • Pea gravel costs an average of $350 for the typical home improvement project

  • You’ll pay more if you purchase gravel by the bag

  • You can save money by laying the gravel yourself

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If you’re looking for a drought-friendly lawn material that will simplify your landscaping work, pea gravel might just be your dream solution. The smooth, rocky substance is an excellent option for high-traffic areas like walkways, patios, and driveways and is available in different colors and styles. 

You can expect to pay around $350 for your typical pea gravel project, but various factors can affect that final price.

How Much Does Pea Gravel Cost in Bulk?

While you can purchase small bags of pea gravel at the local gardening store for as little as $4 for 30 pounds (enough to cover roughly one-half cubic foot), you’ll likely save money by purchasing pea gravel in bulk. The average cost of 1 ton of pea gravel is between $10 and $50.

  • Per ton: $10–$50

  • Per truckload: $250–$500

  • Per cubic yard: $15–$75

  • Per bag: $4–$6

Pea gravel is available in several different sizes, and this material is weighed by the ton. The weight and pricing don’t vary much by location.

You can determine which option is best for you by considering the size of your project. Most bags cover about one-half cubic foot of space. If you have a 100-cubic foot plot to cover, you would need 200 bags, at about $5 per bag, which would cost $1,000. A truckload of gravel has about 25 tons of pea gravel and costs between $250 and $500. If you have a larger project, you’ll save money buying in bulk. 

Pea gravel doesn’t decompose, so if you have extra, you can store it for later projects or even resell it to get some of your money back.

Cost of Pea Gravel by Project

Your project’s area is the biggest price influence, and you should expect it to vary based on your location and how much gravel your project requires. All projects can take about a full day to complete, give or take a few hours. Give yourself a full weekend if you have a large space. Pros, however, can usually knock out your project in a day or so. 

Driveway

Depending on your driveway’s dimensions, plan to spend about $5 per square foot for a gravel driveway. Remember, too, that you need about 6 inches of depth since your driveway receives frequent use from heavy vehicles.

Pathway 

At about $0.83 per square foot (excluding installation), pea gravel pathways are one of the most cost-effective options. They require little maintenance, too, since foot traffic is easier on them than cars on driveways. 

Landscaping 

There’s no single definition for landscaping with pea gravel, so the true cost comes down to size, amount of pea gravel, and labor costs if you’re hiring a pro. So, if pea gravel costs $15 to $75 per cubic yard, and you need 10 cubic yards, expect to pay between $150 and $750. However, don’t forget to factor in delivery costs and labor if you’re not DIYing.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Pea Gravel?

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You can estimate the cost of pea gravel with the above numbers, but there are a few things that could affect whether you spend more or less than the average homeowner.

Type of Gravel

One of the most significant cost factors is the type of pea gravel you choose. You might be surprised to learn that you can choose from several different pea gravel types. Expect to pay more for shaped pea gravel or colorful gravel, the latter of which tends to cost $20 to $50 per ton more than traditional pea gravel. You can even purchase pea gravel that glows in the dark. However, the rough-cut stone tends to be the most cost-efficient.

Pea Gravel Supplier

Some suppliers charge more for pea gravel just because they price things differently. You’ll likely pay more if you purchase through a local store than if you contact a wholesaler. Hiring a local gravel installation pro to provide and install the pea gravel may cost more but tends to be the most convenient.

Delivery Costs

Depending on where you live, and your home’s distance from the gravel supplier, delivery costs will vary quite a bit. But, no matter your location, you should expect a minimum of $5 per mile for pea gravel delivery, according to HomeAdvisor

Installation Costs

If you have a larger project and want to hire a nearby professional, you will need to factor in the cost of labor (between $13 and $65 per hour).

How Much Does It Cost to Install Pea Gravel Yourself?

Once you’re ready to tackle your home project, it’s time to decide if you want to do it yourself or get outside help. Pea gravel is a low-cost supply, and you won’t need many unique materials, though you may want to consider landscape fabric for a patio area. 

As far as labor goes, you will need to dig a trench several inches deep. You should also consider adding a border to your garden, driveway, or patio to keep gravel pieces contained. 

The most significant expense (besides the gravel) is time. If you’re working alone, a large project could take you an entire weekend. If you have a few friends willing to work for pizza, you could complete a gravel driveway in a few hours. 

If you have a larger project and want to hire a nearby professional, you will need to factor in the cost of labor (between $13 and $65 per hour).

FAQs About Pea Gravel

Can you lay pea gravel directly on dirt?

Yes. You can lay pea gravel directly on the dirt. You should dig a trench 2 to 6 inches deep the length and width of the area you want to cover first. Plants and weeds will eventually grow through the pea gravel if you don’t lay down a landscaping cloth.

Are there alternatives to pea gravel?

Alternative landscaping material similar to pea gravel includes wood chips, decomposed granite, crushed stone, and pebbles.

Does pea gravel require maintenance?

Pea gravel is extremely low maintenance. It doesn’t decompose, and it’s hefty, so it’s not likely to blow away. You may need to rake the gravel and surrounding areas as it gets tracked around.

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