If you have a gravel driveway, then you’ve probably gotten a great deal on an affordable and long-lasting addition to your home. Gravel is one of our top-selling products for good reason.
When done correctly, a gravel driveway comes with many benefits. It adds charm and character to the facade of any home, it lasts a lifetime when maintained, it is durable for all types of vehicles, and its cost and is tons cheaper than a paved drive. So how do you keep it maintained? Simple. Just follow these 5 steps.
- Institute a speed limit. Driving too fast on a gravel drive can cause divots and potholes to form, which leads to standing water problems. You want to keep it below 15 miles per hour on your gravel.
- Use a tractor if gravel has shifted. Install a front loader or a grader blade on your tractor for an effective way to move gravel around in the interim. When done regularly, shifting errant gravel that has become displaced can turn a difficult job into a breeze.
- Dirt can help your cause. Mixing in some dirt with your gravel benefits it in two ways. It acts as a stabilizer so that gravel doesn’t shift. It can help to minimize pesky weed growth. Just don’t add too much!
- Avoid watery pitfalls. If you see water beginning to collect in potholes, make a concerted effort to remedy the problem before it gets out of hand. Move gravel around and fill holes that are lower than the rest of your drive. And you can always re-apply. If it’s a consistent issue, you may have drainage issues.
- Know when to re-apply. After the initial foundation of gravel is laid, you won’t need to worry about it for at least a few years. After which it is important that you add an extra layer for stability. Add about an extra inch or so to the entire drive to fill in gaps and reconstitute low spots.
Isn’t it about time that you re-applied gravel to your driveway? Contact us to discuss what amounts you need to cover your driveway, and have it all delivered to your Northern Virginia or Maryland home.