How to clean landscape gravel

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Decorative landscaping often incorporates the use of landscape gravel. Easily adding texture and colour to garden surrounds, the prime value is in not having to replace it annually. A homeowner displays individual style and taste by choosing from a multitude of shapes, colours and sizes. Also used to help control weeds and soil erosion, landscape gravel is relatively maintenance free. A rake and a garden hose are the necessary cleaning tools, and most homeowners can clean and tidy their landscape gravel in one afternoon.

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Rake
  • Plastic trash bag
  • Weed killer
  • Garden hose

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  1. 1

    Use gloved hands to run a rake over the landscape gravel. Gather all loose debris, and place it in a trash bag for disposal.

  2. 2

    Pull any visible weeds, and throw them away. Spray any problematic areas with an environmentally friendly weed killer.

  3. 3

    Spray the gravel with a garden hose. Level and smooth the surface using the rake. Repeat this process annually, or sooner, as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove debris from the gravel to help it maintain a tidy appearance.
  • offers valuable information about the uses of landscape gravel. (See Resources.)
  • Use gloves and safety glasses when working with weed killers.

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