How to Remove Weeds From a Gravel Driveway

Updated April 17, 2017

Seeing weeds sprout up through your gravel driveway is typically not a desirable view. Removing weeds from a gravel driveway is a bit different than simply pulling them out of the ground. The gravel surrounds the weeds, making pulling them up and removing them more challenging. However, you don't have to live with the bright green intruders that are staking claim to your driveway -- removing them from your driveway is quite easy.

Push the gravel away from weed using a knife. Remove the gravel as deep down as you can. Attempt to see where the weed enters the ground. Dig around the perimeter of the weed, slanting your knife inward to dig under the weed's roots. Use your knife as a lever to help push the weed out of the ground. Doing so will help to remove the roots with the weed.

Spray a store-bought weed killer on the weeds. Most sprays are available in spray bottles and are simply squirted onto the weed; however, read the directions on your product's label for specific instructions for your brand of weed killer. Organic and conventional weed killers are typically available. In addition, some products also provide residual protection for a few months.

Pour boiling water over top of the weeds. Place the boiling water in an enclosed container, such as a coffee carafe, and wear boots and trousers when performing this task. Lean down low and pour the water on the weeds and away from you. Although one application typically will eliminate the weeds, you might need to apply the water a couple of times. The weed will likely be dead the day after application.


Pour boiling water over your driveway to prevent weeds from growing. Just be sure to keep it away from any vegetation you want to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Weed killer
  • Boiling water
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