Adding Pea Gravel to the Fire Pit Area

A beautiful fire pit area for the family takes yearly maintenance and here is what we do.

Fire pit with chairs around in pea gravel

Without a doubt my most popular post of the past 6 years is my DIY Building a Fire Pit post. 

Several years ago we built the fire pit and added pea gravel to a muddy corner of the yard. 

This weekend we added a new top dressing of pea gravel to the area because time has taken a toll on the area. 

After a while the rocks settle and frankly must disappear into mid air because now there are just not enough rocks and the landscaping cloth is showing through. 

Pea gravel close up with arrow showing tear in lining

We also replaced the fence so that caused more unsettling of the area. 

You can see where the edging isn't even covered anymore.

Pea gravel with plastic border

We had 2 yards pea gravel delivered to the driveway and using a borrowed vintage wheelbarrow my very strong husband hauled the pea gravel into the back yard.  

I actually did the hard part of spreading it around on top of the old gravel. 

Wheelbarrow dumping pea gravel

Tipped pea gravel and bench in fire pit area

You can bet I've got my eye on that old wheelbarrow... 

I'm seeing it filled with beautiful planted flowers!

{I'm hoping my Dad doesn't want it back}

Pea gravel and grassy area

Fenced area with pea gravel

Right away it was looking better!

Hosta plants, a bench and American flag

So if you haven't already... 

check out how we built this amazing fire pit area and how we built a cover for the firepit!

Plastic chairs around a fire pit

Vinyl fenced area with fire pit and plastic chairs

A little hard work paid off because this area gets a lot of use in the summer! 

See how I spruced up the yard with edging and mulch.

And how we replaced the old fence with a new vinyl fence.

fire pit with pea gravel surround

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. it looks great Susan! Do you sit by the fire a lot? I could sit all night...just love it!

    1. Thanks so much Jane... truth be told the teens use it more than we do...

  2. It looks great! We have a semi fire pit I guess~it's some large stones placed in a circle (it was here when we bought the house) and we've really only used it for burning stuff (limbs, etc), but it could be a really nice area. I'd love to do like you did so we can use and enjoy it.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you Candylea and I hope you get to make yourself a nice area. My teens use it all the time, it was definitely worth the trouble :) Good luck with your project and thanks for your nice comment :)

  3. It does look really great. I am thinking about doing the same thing around our fire pit. Do you have any problems with the pea gravel getting into the yard?


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