Gravel is an affordable outdoor paving material that can be installed quickly and easily. When used for paving, gravel has a very natural and casual appearance.
There are a wide variety of gravel colors, sheens and sizes to choose from.
Gravel will last a lifetime and when laid over landscaping fabric it will block weeds and it provides excellent drainage, allowing water to readily flow through to the dirt underneath.
Since gravel is a loose material, you will end up with a surface that has a lot of texture and some unevenness. Gravel can be quite difficult to walk on since it shifts underfoot, but if compacted properly little shifting will occur. Additionally, pea gravel is rough on bare feet. To avoid having pieces of gravel tracked throughout your yard, landscape edging made of wood, concrete, or plastic will need to be installed.