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Gravel Driveway Maintenance

Updated February 21, 2017

A gravel driveway is made of small stones. These stones can be crushed, or they can be whole stones of small sizes. Gravel driveways can consist of sand, clay and silt. Because the driveway is made of stones, water can seep in and other problems can occur. As a result, proper maintenance is required to keep your gravel driveway fully functional.

Required Maintenance

The relative ease of maintenance is the biggest advantage of gravel driveways over most other kinds of driveways. A gravel driveway can cause inconvenience when snow gets into it, but it is one of the least expensive kinds of driveways both to install and maintain. One of the essential forms of maintenance, however, involves building the driveway properly. Ideally, the driveway should have a slanted, rooflike shape. When properly shaped, the incline helps water flow easily on the driveway, pre-empting water clogging.

Gravel Driveway Groomer

A gravel driveway groomer should be used periodically to ensure that the gravel remains firmly implanted on the driveway. A gravel driveway groomer is a machine that pushes the gravel farther into the driveway and smooths it. One can be purchased inexpensively at a home improvement store. The groomer can be used manually or attached to a vehicle and driven over the driveway. If you don't want to purchase a groomer, you can use a shovel or rake to ensure the gravel stays firmly implanted on the driveway. This is more time-consuming and involves going over the driveway with the shovel and rake to even out gravel stones.

Other Tips

Weeds may grow on gravel driveways between the stones. You should not pluck them because the stones can develop gaps when this is done over a long period of time. Instead, use weedkillers to eliminate weeds. Other maintenance that may be required involves filling in potholes with additional gravel, clearing leaves between the stones with a vacuum cleaner or blower and using a metal frame to push the stones together.

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