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Choosing the Right Landscaping Materials: Pea Gravel or River Rocks? March 6, 2017

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Choosing the Right Landscaping Materials: Pea Gravel or River Rocks?, North Corbin, Kentucky

Decorative rocks are popular landscaping materials, with pea gravel and river rocks being two of the most popular types. While both are attractive choices to spruce up your garden or walkway, they have a few differences to consider.

landscaping materialsPea gravel and river rocks are similar landscaping materials. Both are stones smoothed by water and come in a variety of colors and blends. The main difference is size: pea gravel is smaller, with even the largest sizes staying well under an inch wide. River rocks are larger — how much larger depends on the size you order. Both fulfill the same purposes: filling drives and paths, outlining tile walkways, replacing traditional organic mulch, and creating visual interest; however, their sizes create unique strengths and weaknesses.

Pea gravel is lighter, which makes it easier to scatter, especially in high-traffic areas. On the other hand, it’s less expensive than river rocks, so it’s a good choice for covering large areas. Pea gravel also makes a good addition to children’s play areas, as it’s shock-absorbent and less likely to hurt during a fall.

River rocks are more expensive, but due to their weight, they’re harder to scatter and make an excellent walkway material. You can even use them at the edges of slopes to help stop soil erosion. Where smaller stones would be washed away, large river rocks stand strong.


Your choice of landscaping materials comes down to preference and what you’ll be using them for. If you need help deciding, contact Surplus Sales. The team sells both types of rock and will help you make the best choice for your landscape.    

   Landscaping Materials Coming this Spring to Paducah, KY

                    Mulch, Gravel, and Decorative Rock!

Landscaping materials available at Corbin and Paducah, KY locations, so visit one of their stores to learn more, or contact them online anytime.

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