How to create a wood chip driveway

Written by kimberly johnson
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Wood chips are used as a ground covering in a variety of ways such as landscaping, playgrounds and walking trails. They are also becoming a popular choice for covering driveways due to their eco-friendly properties. Although not a good choice for heavily travelled roads due to compacting, wood chips are a great material to use in residential driveways. Constructing a wood chip driveway is a simple but labour-intensive home improvement task.

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Things you need

  • Spray paint
  • Spray chalk
  • Shovel
  • Weed barrier fabric
  • Wood chips
  • Gravel packer

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  1. 1

    Use a can of spray paint or spray chalk to mark the outline of the driveway on the ground.

  2. 2

    Use a shovel to remove the top layer of grass from the driveway area in between the chalk lines. Simply insert the shovel 1 to 2 inches into the ground, lean back slightly and push the shovel blade under the top layer of the ground. Discard the grass.

  3. 3

    Unroll weed barrier fabric over the entire driveway. Overlap sections of the fabric by 1/2 inch to prevent weeds from growing through.

  4. 4

    Use a rake to spread the wood chips over the weed barrier until it completely covers the entire driveway. The wood chips should be applied in a 10cm-thick layer.

  5. 5

    Use a gravel packer to pack down the wood chips. A gravel packer is a large heavy barrel that rolls over the wood chips to pack them down. Gravel packers can be rented at most home improvement stores.

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