10mm Pea Shingle
10mm Pea shingle
Often referred to as pea shingle, these smaller sized stones of varying colours are ideal for mixing with other products. Perfect for hard landscaping, pathways, pipe bedding, surfacing and drainage, this 10mm shingle creates an eye-catching effect.
Although often used for decorative purposes this pea shingle is practical too and can be used in a number of areas such as flower beds and containers to keep plants warm in winter and prevent weeds from growing through.
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Pea Shingle & Gravel Uses and Size Guide
Pea shingle creates that satisfying sound of crunching underfoot, thanks to the rounded fragments of pea sized stone, so is great for creating pathways, covering driveways and for filling spaces between stone pavers.
What is pea shingle?
Pea shingle (because of its small size, smooth texture and earthy colour tone), is incredibly decorative when placed in your garden. This type of aggregate is great in that it offsets heat yet allows water infiltration, making pea shingle a great alternative to traditional types of paving.
Often used in walkways and plant borders, pea shingle is also used for underground projects, such as drainage and pipe bedding. This makes it a practical material for large scale commercial drainage projects.
So, if you want to put the perfect finishing touch on your outdoor project, why not consider using pea shingle?
Pea shingle is made up of small, fluid stones which are found near bodies of water, and is popular due to its appealingly smooth texture. Usually available in 6mm and 10mm sizes, larger shingle can also be found in 20mm and 40mm, depending on its proposed purpose and look. Contact Farwell’s for more details.
We are able to supply pea shingle in an array of gorgeous earthy tones including colours such as sand, brown and grey making it the perfect accompaniment for all types of landscaping.
Where does pea shingle & Gravel come from?
Pea shingle is a form of micro-gravel, made from tiny stones generally taken from lakes, rivers, and ocean beds which have been worn down by constant motion.
Different uses of pea shingle
Incredibly durable, inexpensive and almost maintenance free, pea shingle can serve a variety of outdoor functions.
As it is cheaper and more environmentally friendly to install than concrete or asphalt, pea shingle makes a good material for laying driveways. It is also low maintenance and looks good if you can match the predominant stone and brick colouring to that of the surrounding area.
Not only can you enjoy the feeling of your shoes sinking into shingle, but it is a great deterrent for alerting you to any uninvited guests. Just remember to replenish the top layer of pea shingle every few years.
Pea shingle is a great aggregate for creating pathways and can look incredibly ornate. But, due to its small size, pea shingle has a tendency to move easily if not edged properly.
If you’re going to add pea shingle to a walkway, be sure to place concrete blocks or landscape trim to keep the pea gravel in place.
When used in flowerbeds or pot plants, pea shingle acts as mulch, keeping the plants well insulated during the winter months and preventing evaporation of moisture during the summer. This is great for plants and flowers that enjoy the sunshine but can be bad for acidic plants or those which need plenty of shade.
Pea shingle has other benefits for those with green fingers, as it acts as a barrier for stopping weeds from pushing through.
How to look after pea shingle
Pea shingle is easy to look after, although you will need to rake the stones every now and then. Luckily, pea shingle does not decompose, but it can sink into the soil. Therefore, you will need to replenish it every few years.
Is pea gravel good for drainage?
As mentioned above, pea shingle does pack down over time which will result in less airspace and restricted drainage. This is why it is so important to rake areas regularly and hose down the shingle to prevent a build-up of debris from getting between the stones.
Should I put sand under pea gravel?
Before laying your pea shingle, you should remove any weeds, dig out the soil and ideally lay some coarsely textured crushed rock or sand before placing your layers of shingle on top. These rougher materials will help to stabilise the pea shingle and provide a firm surface to walk or drive on.
Can plants grow in pea gravel?
Mediterranean plants such as The Spanish Poppy, which displays sherbet orange blossom, thrive when potted in pea shingle, as do different types of ornamental grass and bamboo. Culinary herbs such as rosemary, thyme and oregano also reap the benefits that pea shingle brings.