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
- Metal rake
- Medium-grade crushed stone
- Fine-grade crush stone
- Water supply
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.
Dig down 8 inches within the guidelines.
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.
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.
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.
Pour 1 inch of a finer grade crushed stone to fill in gaps between stones.
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.
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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