Dry landscaping or pebble landscaping is an ideal way to beauty an area where no maintenance is required; no plants will grow, as part of a water-wise garden or to compliment just about any garden. It is also ideally suited to pathways, driveways and parking areas. This information sheet will help you understand what materials are required for your home project.

Site Preparation

  • Ensure that the area is as flat and level as possible.
  • Remove all weeds, grass roots and any other vegetative material.
  • The pebbles will need to be “contained” with an edging of sorts; this could be a sharp cut edge of lawn, a brickwork edge or wooden terra edging. Ensure that this is in place before commencing with the gravel or pebbles.
  • In all areas except driveways and parking areas place down weed-guard
  • If you are creating a foot path incorporating some pavers is suggested for overall comfort and aesthetic appeal.
  • Spread out the gravel or pebbles as per our coverage suggestions below.

Coverage for Pebbles

  • Generally pebbles come in what is called a 20kg bag, but the weight can vary quite a bit as different stone has different weights.
  • Extra-small and small pebbles 20mm to 40mm. You will need 3 bags (approximately 50 to 60kg) of pebbles per square meter.
  • Medium pebbles 50mm to 65mm. You will require 4 bags (approximately 70 to 80kg) per square meter.
  • Large and extra-large pebbles 70mm to 130mm. You will require between 5 and 6 bags (90 to 120kg) per square meter.

Coverage for Decorative Gravel

  • The best way to purchase gravel is in 40kg open misprint bags as it relatively easy to use to distribute over the working area.
  • The size of gravel ranges between 13mm and 19mm, with some variation in stone size in between.
  • You will require 1½ bag’s to cover a square meter (approximately 60kg). This should give you a thickness of about 3cm. We do not suggest going for thicker gravel especially when creating a pathway as the gravel disperses under foot and thus creating some discomfort when walking.

Area Calculation

To calculate the square meters of the area you need to cover measure the length and the width and multiply those figures together. I.E. L X W=m²