Which Gravel? Find the Right Gravel for Your Project

Ozinga Gravel

Gravel comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, which means you won’t use the same type of gravel for every project you come across. Whether you’re looking for the right gravel to landscape or the right product to use for a gravel driveway, you’ll find yourself face to face with a variety of options. Instead of making the wrong choice, use this guide for reference to pick the right type of gravel.

Backfill

There are a variety of reasons why you would need backfill for a project, and each one would request the assistance of a different type of gravel. For instance, those interested in tank backfill would benefit from pea gravel or CM16 3/8” crushed gravel.  When you just need to fill in a hole, you can either opt for a small-sized material, like buckshot, birdseye, or grits, which is a very coarse sand and smaller than pea gravel. If you’d like a larger-sized aggregate, you can use 3/8” pea gravel or ¾”-1” gravel. Projects that require general backfill would typically use CM11 ¾” crushed, CM06 natural road gravel, or CM06 crushed road gravel.

Concrete

Concrete is comprised of water, cement, and aggregate. If you are making concrete, you’ll likely use CM16 3/8” crushed, ¾”, CM11 ¾” crushed, or 1” gravel, as these options will provide the durable concrete your project needs.  For outdoor concrete applications, make sure you use material that’s been crushed. For indoors, walls or footings, you can often use round ¾” CM11 gravel, which may save you money.

Dog Runs

Creating a dog run is a great way to keep man’s best friend away from your landscaping or garden while also providing your pooch with a safe place to play. Using gravel instead of grass will keep the area neat and tidy, and opting for pea gravel will provide a soft surface that won’t harm your dog’s paws.

Driveways

If you prefer the look of a gravel driveway, you’ll want to use CM11 ¾” crushed gravel, CM06 natural road gravel, or CM06 crushed road gravel. Each of these products uses a natural and compactable subbase, making it perfect for areas that will see a decent amount of traffic.

Fence Post Installation

A fence requires fence posts to keep it securely in the ground, and these posts should be further secured with gravel or concrete. When installing fence posts, you’ll want to use pea gravel as it’s small enough to move around the post while also compacting well for a tighter grip.  You can also use a “fence post mix” that is a combination of sand and pea gravel.

Landscaping

Using gravel for landscaping offers plenty of benefits. Not only does the landscaping look great, but it also delivers necessary drainage that will help your plants thrive. Boulders and cobblestone, 1-1/4”, 1-1/2”, Canadian Heritage, or 2-6” gravel are all great choices for your landscaping.

Paver Base

If you’re laying pavers down for a driveway, patio or walkway, you’ll want to stick with birdseye, also known as buckshot, or grits, which is slightly smaller in size. These options can compact well, making them the right choice for your paver needs.

Roadways

When it comes to gravel for the roadways, whether you’re looking for parking lot material, shoulder stone, or road base, you’ll prefer CM06 natural road gravel or CM06 crushed road gravel.

Ozinga has a wide array of gravel products that will benefit your specific project. If you need help deciding which gravel is the right choice for your specific project, talk with one of our materials experts today.

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