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How do you maintain a gravel walkway?

Aug 16

The soothing crushing of a driveway made of gravel will welcome you home like no other sound in the world can. It is a great activity to build a stone driveway. A Crushed CT stone and gravel driveway are possible to design by anyone regardless of no prior experience in landscaping. Make sure your new driveway is stunning by using these tips and tricks for a beautiful driveway.


What exactly is a gravel driveway, and what is the difference from a normal driveway?

It's not difficult to see how a driveway made of gravel can dramatically improve the look of your home's exterior.


You can easily modify the appearance of your driveway with gravel by using a variety of colored designs, shapes, and sizes of decorative stone options.


The patio, walkways, rockeries, and gardens, and decorative edgings, can all benefit from the use of gravel. But gravel driveways have become highly sought-after because of their many advantages.


Benefits of a Gravel Driveway


  • Design Flexibility: You can choose from numerous choices for driveway gravel's shape, size, and color.

  • The grass-based driveways don't need cutting, mowing, or watering, making keeping them free of weeds simpler.

  • It is less expensive and is more manageable than grass, asphalt, or asphalt.

  • Gravel's exceptional ability to disperse rainfall means your new driveway will be clear of puddles.

  • Gravel's crunch sound can indicate that you're in the presence of others. It's an aggregate with a loose structure.

  • A gravel driveway can be a DIY project even the DIYer with the least experience might be able to finish.


How do you maintain a gravel driveway?


Items Necessary


  • For a striking finish, get the highest quality decorative stone.

  • For a strong foundation, you can use MOT Type 1 leveling material.

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

  • The driveway is bordered by decorative rocks (optional).


Step 1: Select the type of gravel you'd like to employ.


Picking gravel chipping is the first step toward building an appealing new driveway. Stone products and gravel are highly adaptable and can be used for any type of road construction, regardless of age or design. Consider the overall color scheme of your house before deciding on a particular gravel color before making the final decision. There are a variety of gravel and stone colors and styles based on where you reside, whether in urban areas or cities. The 20mm Cotswold Buff Gravel (20mm) is a wonderful driveway option. It gives a beautiful contrast to the dark brickwork. Gravels with an angular style are extremely useful as they naturally interlock and maintain the stability of the gravel layer. Our popular 20mm Polar White Marble is the most appropriate option for a modern design, highlighting trees and plants nicely to provide a lighter and brighter appearance. For a different option to our Green Granite Gravel, 20mm is elegant, eye-catching, and ideal for paving driveways in urban and rural settings. Dove Grey Limestone Gravel 14-20mm is a sought-after option for driveways, and it's one of our most popular quality products. Don't let us decide for you. There are many choices of aggregates, gravels CT stone and gravel. So be prepared for a lot of fun selecting the perfect shade and design for your walkway.


Step 2. Measure your driveway.


You can measure your driveway once you've selected the color scheme for your gravel driveway. This will enable you to determine the quantity of gravel you'll need to complete your project. We've developed a simple gravel calculator to remove the equation's guesswork. A bulk bag of gravel can cover around 5 square meters with a depth of 50 millimeters (not including the sub-base).


Step 3: Choose the gravel driveway edging.


The design of gravel driveway borders is a crucial aspect of the procedure. They improve the look of the surface and add visual interest.


While solid block borders can be beautiful, they also serve a functional purpose by keeping gravel within your driveway.


Natural edging is a great option for gravel driveways using large rocks or stones. They look beautiful when used to create a barrier between the gravel and remaining planting or turf areas.


Make sure your driveway's edges are tall enough to stop your gravel from running off the edge of your driveway at all times.


Step 4: Construction of a gravel driveway starts by preparing the ground.


The initial step in installing an outdoor driveway is preparation. It is possible that turf, debris, and/or topsoil can need to be removed. Then, you'll have to remove between 50 and 200 millimeters from the surface. If you decide to add a sub-base, it is necessary to leave at least 50 millimeters to the gravel and 150 millimeters for the sub-base. The foundation of your driveway is level and compacted. Digging out and reinstalling MOT Type 1 may be necessary for areas with soft surfaces. To compact the base layer on walkways with a large footprint, a roller may be needed.


Step 5 5. Place the gravel driveway sub-base


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


As a bulk filling and leveling material, MOT Type 1 aggregate is perfect to ensure the stability of your driveway. Aggregate can be found in different sizes, from 40mm to fine dust. Be aware that your decorative CT stone and gravel will be placed between the sub-base and surface; therefore, you should leave at least 50mm space.


Step 6 A Weed Prevention Membrane needs to be used at this point.


We suggest applying a Weed Prevention Membrane to prevent weeds and allow water to drain away from the gravel surface. Place the sheet on the top of the MOT that has been compacted Type 1 and cut it to the appropriate shape.


Step 7: Spread your decorative rock over the ground.


We've done it!


Place your gravel on the Weed Prevention Membrane. The gravel layer should be at minimum 50mm (5cm) thick and evenly distributed. To ensure that the gravel is distributed evenly, make sure you rake across the surface.

How to keep gravel driveways clear of weeds and clean


Cleaning your gravel driveway and appealing is easy and doesn't take much time. If you're looking to keep your new driveway looking like new all year round, be sure to follow these guidelines:


Remove leaves, twigs, and other debris that you can remove semi-regularly from your gravel driveway, particularly in fall. If you've got any gravel that has become too compacted, this is a great method to remove the gravel.


While there is an obstructive barrier to weeds, if seeds are blown through the wind, it is possible for weeds to form. With gloves for gardening, take them out by hand. Spray glyphosate-containing weed killer (or herbicide) on the affected areas.


The gravel in your driveway could become thinner, leaving bare areas. Fortunately, this could be addressed by adding more gravel to the affected areas.


To ensure that the CT stone and gravel used to build up your driveway are exactly like the stones originally used, it's an excellent idea to buy an additional bag or two of gravel before making your purchase.


Here at Willow Materials, we are determined to provide the highest quality gravel and stone products to our Connecticut customers. Whatever your next project may be, we have the CTDOT-approved products at low prices. We have everything from topsoil to decorative rocks and gravel. With our many years of experience, and because we are certified by CTDOT, you can be confident that our products will meet all the necessary specifications. If you're looking for the finest products for gravel and stone on the market, you should check us out! Request a quote today by calling us!


Willow Materials

50 Barnum Rd, Bristol, CT 06010