How to Install a Crushed Stone Driveway

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How to Install a Crushed Stone Driveway
Crushed stone driveways add dimension to the landscape. ( Images)

A crushed stone driveway is one of many options to consider when installing a new driveway. Benefits of installing a crushed stone driveway are lack of maintenance and ease of care, plus these driveways provide an excellent drainage system. Crushed stones are available in a wide range of colours, making them fit into many landscaping designs. The drawbacks are that snow removal is difficult, the drive may easily develop potholes and the surface is rough.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Stakes
  • String
  • Shovel
  • Tamper
  • Sand
  • Metal rake
  • Medium-grade crushed stone
  • Board
  • Fine-grade crush stone
  • Water supply

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  1. 1

    Measure and mark the area of the driveway. Hammer stakes into the ground to mark the boundaries. Tie a string from stake to stake to form an elevated guideline.

  2. 2

    Dig down 8 inches within the guidelines.

  3. 3

    Tamp the base of the excavated area with a gas-powered or hand-held tamper. Compact the soil tightly to provide a solid base for the crushed stone.

  4. 4

    Pour 2 inches of sand over the base of the excavated area. Spread the sand evenly with the back of a metal rake to make it reasonably level.

  5. 5

    Pour 5 inches of medium-grade crushed stone over the top of the sand. Drag a long piece of lumber over the crushed stone to level high spots and fill in depressions or holes.

  6. 6

    Pour 1 inch of a finer grade crushed stone to fill in gaps between stones.

  7. 7

    Wet the driveway, thoroughly soaking it with a garden hose, or wait for a heavy, soaking rainfall. The water helps to move stone into air pockets and tighten the structure.

  8. 8

    Tamp the surface of the driveway. Add more fine-grade crushed stone as necessary after compacting to build the driveway up to the desired height.

Tips and warnings

  • Adding more fine-grade crushed stone after two to three months and several rainfalls is usually necessary and not uncommon as the driveway continues to settle.

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