How to fix holes in gravel driveways

Updated November 21, 2016

Homeowners often go for gravel driveways as an attractive alternative to pavement or concrete. Available in a wide variety of shapes and colours, gravel driveways can accentuate a home or landscape. Granite rock often makes up the gravel because it is durable and commonly available from many construction and landscaping suppliers. As holes begin to form in a gravel drive from erosion or wear, make repairs to prevent more extensive damage.

Put on a pair of sturdy leather work gloves to protect your hands while making the repair.

Shovel gravel into the hole. Place enough gravel to fill one-third of the hole. Spread the gravel with a shovel to cover the bottom of the hole, and tamp down firmly.

Shovel more granite gravel into the hole to fill the hole two-thirds full. Spread to cover the hole, and tamp down firmly.

Complete filling the hole by placing enough gravel to fill the hole plus some extra. Spread the gravel with a shovel and smooth with a rake.

Work the gravel out to the surrounding gravel driveway around the hole to smooth the repair so it blends.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Granite gravel
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Tamper
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About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.