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How do you maintain a gravel driveway?

Aug 16

The satisfying sound of a gravel driveway welcomes you home as no other sound could. The process of laying a crushed stone driveway yourself is an inexpensive, relaxing hobby that lets you express your style. A CT stone and gravel driveway can be created by anyone, even if they have no previous knowledge of landscaping. Make sure that your driveway looks stunning with these helpful tips and tricks.


What exactly is a gravel driveway? And how is it different from an ordinary driveway?

It is easy to observe how gravel driveways boost curb appeal.


You can easily modify the look of your gravel driveway by selecting various colors, stones, shapes and sizes. stone options.


It can be used for enhancing walkways, patios, and rockeries in addition to gardens and decorative edging. Gravel driveways are still very sought-after despite this.


Benefits of a Gravel Driveway


  • Design Flexibility - You have an array of choices regarding the shape, color, and size of your driveway's gravel, which means you can be as creative as you'd like.

  • They are also easier to maintain as they don't require being cut, pruned or watered.

  • More affordable and easier to maintain than alternatives like asphalt, tarmac, or grass.

  • Gravel's ability to disperse rain means that your driveway will be clear of puddles.

  • The crunch sound that gravel makes indicates that you are in the presence of other people. It is an aggregate that is loose.

  • Gravel driveways are an easy DIY project which even the most experienced DIYer can finish.


How do you keep your gravel driveway?


Items Necessary


  • Stones and decorative stones are of the highest grade for a stunning appearance.

  • Use MOT Type 1 material for leveling to make an enduring foundation.

  • The Driveway Fabric Weed Prevention Membrane provides water drainage and weed resistance.

  • You can also add decorative boulders to the driveway (optional).


Step 1: Choose the type of gravel you'd like to use.


Picking gravel chipping is the initial step to building an appealing new driveway. Stone products and gravel are extremely versatile and suitable to build any road construction, regardless of age or design. Before you decide on the gravel color, consider the overall design of your home's color scheme. There is a wide selection of gravel and stone colors, forms, textures, and colors that you can pick from based on where you reside, either in a quiet community or a bustling city. An attractive contrast to brickwork that is darker, our 20mm Cotswold Buff Gravel 20mm is the ideal option for driveways. Gravels with an angular appearance are extremely useful as they naturally interlock and ensure the stability of the gravel layer. If you are looking for a contemporary design the 20mm Polar White marble is the best option. It is an attractive way to highlight trees and plants to give a lighter, brighter look. As an alternative, our Green Granite Gravel 20mm is beautiful, attractive, and can be used for pavers in urban and rural areas. Dove Grey Limestone Gravel 14-20mm is a popular driveway choice, and it's one of our top-quality products. Don't let us choose for you. There are many beautiful gravels and aggregates to choose from at CT stones and gravel - so be prepared to have a lot of fun selecting the perfect color and shape for your walkway.


Step 2: Measure your driveway


When you've chosen the color scheme of your gravel driveway, determine the length of your driveway. This method can help you determine how much gravel you'll require for your project. We've put together a handy gravel calculator to eliminate the equation's guesswork. A general rule of thumb is that a bulk bag of gravel is approximately 5 square meters 50 millimeters deep (not including the sub-base).


Step 3: Choose the gravel driveway edge.


Gravel driveway borders are an important aspect of the design process because they can enhance the overall appearance of the surface and add visual interest.


Solid block borders look amazing; however, they also hold the gravel out of your driveway.


Large boulders and rockery stones could be utilized to create a natural edging on gravel driveways. These stones look great for creating a barrier between gravel and grass or plant areas.


The edging on your driveway made of gravel should be long enough to prevent gravel from escaping around the edges of your driveway.


Step 4: Preparing the ground is the first step in constructing the gravel driveway.


The first step in installing the driveway is to prepare. Debris, turf, and/or topsoil may require removal. After that, you'll need dig between 50 and 200 millimeters from the surface. If you are adding a subbase, you'll need to leave at least 50 millimeters for the gravel and 150 millimeters for the sub-base. The foundation of your driveway is level and compacted. The removal and reinstallation of MOT Type 1 may be necessary for softer regions. To compact the base layer on walkways with a large footprint, a roller may be needed.


Step 5 5. The gravel driveway sub-base is laid


MOT Type 1 should be applied to the gravel driveway base.


For bulk filling and leveling material, MOT Type 1 aggregate is the best choice for ensuring the solidity of your driveway. Aggregate is available in many sizes, ranging from 40mm to fine dust. Remember that your decorative CT stones or gravel will be between the subbase and the top. Make sure to leave at a minimum of 50mm.


Step 6 The Weed Prevention Membrane must be applied at this time.


We suggest you apply a Weed Prevention Membrane to prevent the growth of weeds and let the water go away from your gravel surface. Set the sheet over top of the MOT Type 1 and cut it in the correct shape.


Step 7: Spread your decorative gravel on the ground.


After all that work, we've finally made it to the most rewarding part of the process!


Put your gravel in the Weed Prevention Membrane. The gravel layer must be in-depth and evenly dispersed by at least 50mm (5cm). To ensure that the gravel is distributed evenly all over the surface, you must rake it.

How to keep a driveway clear and free of weeds


Maintaining your driveway's cleanliness and attractiveness is easy and requires little effort. Here are some suggestions to keep your driveway looking good throughout the year.


Get rid of leaves, twigs, and other debris semi-regularly from your gravel driveway, particularly in the fall. If you have gravel that's been compacted, it is a good way to get rid of the gravel.


Even though there's an obstructive barrier to weeds, when seeds are blown through the wind, it is possible for weeds to form. They can be eliminated by using gloves made for gardening. Spray glyphosate-containing weed killer (or herbicide) on the affected areas.


The driveway's gravel can become brittle with time, leaving only bare areas. The problem can be addressed by adding more gravel to the areas affected.


You can be sure that the CT stone and gravel used to top up your driveway are the same as the stone used in the initial installation by ordering another bag of gravel the moment you purchase.


Willow Materials is committed to providing high-quality stone and gravel products to our Connecticut customers. No matter your next project, We have the CTDOT-approved materials at reasonable costs. We stock everything from topsoil to sand to decorative rocks and gravels. Our products are endorsed by CTDOT and have years of experience. We are the ideal place to get the best quality stone and gravel in Connecticut. Contact us now for a no-cost estimate!

Willow Materials

50 Barnum Rd, Bristol, CT 06010