wikiHow to Dye Gravel

How to dye gravel for landscaping. The industry wants 5-6 bucks per pound. This makes a pretty good product for pennies.


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    Get a wheelbarrow that does not leak and clean the bed very, very well. Hose out and set in a safe place where you can work with RIT dye and stay out of trouble.
  2. 2
    Buy the color RIT dye you want from any grocery or super center type of place and mix it up in the wheelbarrow bed, but don't splash. this stuff is permanent and extra tough to get out of anything...including your skin.
  3. 3
    Add gravel to bed of wheelbarrow. Your best product is the limestone gravel they use with tar on country roads (sans the tar of course). Be sure the gravel is very dry or the liquid will not soak into the pores of it, as those pores will already be full. Usually about 10 minutes with some agitation is good enough. Super smooth gravel like river rock takes forever to dye
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    Use a cleaned shovel and remove gravel already dyed, draining liquid as you do by tipping shove against the side of the wheelbarrow as gravel is removed. Dry and spread, or spread and allow to dry.


  • One box of dye will do about 100 pounds of gravel.
  • Keep the RIT dye off of everything other than the gravel.
  • Several years later, you can use a sprayer to refresh the color if excess sunlight bleaches or thins the intensity.


  • Get your gravel from a legal source. Not county roads or railroad beds. Those folks will take you to jail if they catch you and the plain Jane gravel is near dirt cheap.
  • Be sure you have several days without rain before spreading and allow through drying of finished product, RIT will run badly if not allowed to dry.

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