Using Concrete Pavers with Pebbles or River Stones For a Walkway


Hardscaping, an outdoor space with concrete pavers and pea stone, is a beautiful way to create your private oasis for you to enjoy with family and friends. Imagine your beautiful patio with a garden path leading your stone fire pit and then winding through your perennial garden with the cast iron bench.

Creating a beautiful concrete pavers and pebbles walkway through your landscaping offers you an elegant natural look and thanks to the large variety of stones and concrete pavers available you can create a walkway that perfectly fits your home style and personal aesthetics. For example, pair poured concrete slabs with dark gravel for a contemporary modern look, or flagstones in warm decomposed granite stones to create a Mediterranean style and feel.

If you’re considering concrete pavers and small stones for your pathway, several considerations are depending on the project and your budget. If you would like a free estimate for your walkway project, click here or contact Bayside Pavers at 1-(866) 287-2837


Beautiful paver and stone walkways create a welcoming and dramatic front walkway, can connect outdoor areas like patios and outdoor kitchens or garden areas providing an invitation to explore. They also are a way to solve problems in gardens that receive a lot of rain and can improve drainage problems.

Because rainwater trickles between the stones, the water stays on site. It’s an easy way to maintain porosity and rectify drainage problems in your landscape. While a pavers and stones walkway can be a great practical and aesthetic solution, it’s not for everyone. Compared to a smooth walkway, pavers and gravel can be difficult to navigate for people in a wheelchair or those who use walkers. Proper professional installation with a firm base can make it much easier to navigate for those with mobility issues.


Creating a concrete pavers and pebbles walkway begins with planning. Work with your landscape designer, or hardscape contractor to map out the length, width, and trajectory of your pathway. Next, consider your materials and how they will fit into your existing landscape and home design.

Bayside Pavers will then provide you with an estimate that will include materials, along with site preparation, installation and any additional services.

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When it comes time to do the job, your contractor will mark prep the site and then excavate 4 to 10 inches. Often they will lay a weed barrier and anchor the edging to border the path. A foundation of base rock is laid to stabilize the foundation of the walkway. The base layer is compacted, and a thin layer of sand is placed, and the concrete pavers are laid out and leveled. Finally, the gravel is spread to fill the gaps between pavers and along edges, then raked smooth.


Concrete pavers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and costs. Precast pavers are available in square, rectangle, and circular shapes and are a very cost-effective option. Your typical concrete paver is generally small, the most common being 1 X 1-foot squares, but there are many larger sizes and shapes available. Keep in mind that larger sizes are often more costly. They do come in many colors with light and dark gray and terra cotta being the most popular choices.

Once you’ve chosen your pavers, you have several options for filling around the pavers. As a general rule, select gravel or stones that complement the pavers you’ve chosen. For a more subtle look, choose gravel that picks up the color of your concrete pavers. Pale pavers with dark gravel (or dark pavers with lighter gravel) can create a dramatic, contemporary look.

• Gravel: The cost will vary by the type of rock and the size of the stones, as well as what’s available in the region. Decomposed granite or granite fines come in the smallest sizes, while coarse gravel can be over an inch wide. Let your design dictate the gravel you use.

• Pea Gravel: This is widely available and has a nice feel underfoot. One drawback is that the stones tend to end up on the pavers due to their round shape and smaller size.

• Beach Pebbles and Polished River Rocks: These are larger rocks that have a chunky, tactile quality between pavers and their larger size tends to keep them in place.

Edging material is necessary to keep your walkway together. You have several choices of edging options available that can work to create the perfect shape for your pathway including:

• Synthetic Edging: Typically made of recycled plastic, synthetic edging is inexpensive, durable and widely available. It’s a very pliable material and is perfect to create tight smooth curving pathways.

• Concrete Pavers: They are often less expensive than brick or stone, precast concrete pavers can offer an attractive edging that can tie your design together.

• Brick: Traditional brick edging works perfectly for traditional and cottage style garden pathways.

• Stone Edging: Hardscape stone is typically sold by the pallet. Granite cobblestones are a durable edging material for San Francisco Bay Area gardens.

• Metal: It’s sleek and contemporary, durable and nearly disappears from view. It is available in coated aluminum (the most affordable options) or powder coated steel.Adding concrete paver and stone walkways to your landscaping can give your outdoor space a finished look that can tie your entire landscape design together.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, give us a call. We’re always happy to help homeowners create the perfect backyard oasis! We carry top-quality products and offer complete design and installation services. Call Bayside Pavers, or stop by our North Bay location in Santa Rosa at 1619 4th Street Ste 12 or if you’re in the East Bay visit our Concord location at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K.

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