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Tips to Keep Your Gravel Driveway Looking Its Best

Aug 16

The satisfying crushing of a driveway made of gravel is a welcome sound like nothing else anywhere else can. A fun hobby is building a stone driveway. Anyone can create a CT stone and gravel driveway, even people with no experience in landscaping. Make sure your driveway is stunning by using these tips and tricks for a beautiful driveway.


What exactly is a gravel driveway, and how is it different from a normal driveway?

It's easy to see how gravel driveways can boost curb appeal.


With various colors and shaped decorative stones, you can customize the appearance of your driveway simply.


Gravel can be used to improve walkways, patios and rockeries, landscaping, and decorative borders. Gravel driveways are still very well-known despite this.


Benefits of a Gravel Driveway


  • Design Flexibility - You can choose from numerous options regarding the color, shape, and size of your driveway's gravel; therefore, you can be as creative as you like.

  • The grass-based driveways don't need cutting, mowing, or watering, making them free of weeds simpler.

  • It is less expensive and is more manageable than asphalt, grass, or asphalt.

  • Gravel's exceptional ability to disperse precipitation ensures that your driveway will remain clear of puddles.

  • The gravel's crunch sound as you walk on alerts you to the presence of others because it is an aggregate that is loose.

  • A gravel driveway is a project you can do yourself that even the novice DIYer may be able to.


How do you maintain a gravel driveway?


Items Necessary


  • Gravel decorative with the finest quality for stunning results.

  • Make use of MOT Type 1 leveling materials to create a solid foundation.

  • The Driveway Fabric Weed Prevention Membrane gives the ability to drain water and provides weed protection.

  • The driveway is bordered by decorative rocks (optional).


Step 1: Select the type of gravel you'd like to employ.


The first step to creating a stunning driveway is to install gravel chipping. Stone and gravel products are extremely adaptable and can be utilized in any kind of road construction regardless of design or age. Be sure to consider your home's overall color scheme while deciding on a gravel color before making a decision. There are many options for stones and gravel colors and the texture based on where life is, in the countryside or in large cities. Our 20mm Cotswold Buff Gravel 20mm is an ideal driveway material. Gravels that have an angular form are extremely beneficial as they are naturally interlocked and help maintain the stability of the gravel layer. Our popular 20mm Polar White Marble is the best choice for a contemporary style and highlights plants and trees to give a lighter and brighter appearance. Our Green Granite Gravel 20mm alternative is gorgeous and striking and can be used in rural and urban environments. Dove Grey Limestone Gravel 14-20mm is an extremely popular driveway option and is among our top-quality products. Don't let us make your choice for you! You have many options for gravels and aggregates CT stone and gravel. So be prepared to have a blast picking the best design and color for your walkway.


Step 2: Take a look at your driveway.


When you've chosen the color scheme of your gravel driveway, determine the length of your driveway. This method will allow you to determine the quantity of gravel you'll need to complete your project. To make it easier, we've developed an online calculator for gravel. As a rule of thumb, one bulk bag of dirt covers around 5 square meters at 50 millimeters in depth (not including the sub-base).


Step 3: Select the gravel driveway edge.


The design of gravel driveway borders is an essential aspect of the procedure. They improve the appearance of the gravel and also add visual interest.


While solid block borders are attractive, they also serve an important use by keeping gravel out of your driveway.


Large rocks and rockery stones can create a natural edging on gravel driveways. These stones look fantastic when they are utilized to create a barrier between the gravel and the turf or areas for planting.


Ensure your gravel driveway edge is long enough to prevent your gravel from running off the edge of your driveway throughout the day.


Step 4: Gravel driveway construction begins with preparing the ground.


The first step in constructing a driveway is preparation. It is possible that you will need to eliminate any debris, turf, or topsoil. Following that, you'll require digging between 50-200 millimeters below the surface. If you are adding a subbase, the sub-base must be left at least 50 millimeters from the gravel and 150 millimeters for the subbase. The foundation of your driveway is level and compacted. Removing and installing MOT Type 1 may be necessary for softer areas. To compact the base layer on walkways with a large footprint, it is possible that a roller will be required.


Step 5 5. Lay the gravel driveway sub-base


The base of your gravel driveway should have MOT Type 1.


As a bulk filling or leveling material, MOT Type 1 aggregate is the best choice to ensure the solidity of your driveway. There are various sizes of aggregates, from a fine dust up to 40mm. Remember that your decorative CT stone or gravel will be placed between the sub-base and the surface; therefore, you should leave at least 50mm of room.


Step 6 A Weed Prevention Membrane needs to be used at this point.


We recommend applying a Weed Prevention Membrane to prevent weeds and allow water to run off your gravel surface. The sheet should be placed on the top of the MOT that has been compacted Type 1 and cut in the correct shape.


Step 7: Spread the ornamental rock on the ground.


We've done it!


Place your gravel of choice on the Weed Prevention Membrane set out. The gravel layer must be at least 50mm (5cm) thick and equally dispersed. The entire surface should be raked to ensure the gravel is evenly distributed.

How to keep a driveway clean and free of weeds


Cleaning your gravel driveway and appealing is easy and doesn't take much time. These are some ways to ensure your driveway looks amazing throughout the year.


Remove leaves, twigs, and debris regularly from your gravel driveway, especially in fall. This is a great way to break it up if you have compacted gravel.


Even though there's an obstructive barrier to weeds, if seeds are blown into the air by wind and weeds still grow, they can form. Wearing gardening gloves, get rid of them manually. Spray glyphosate-containing weed killer (or herbicide) on the affected areas.


The gravel in your driveway will begin to thin over time, leaving bare patches. This issue can be fixed by adding more gravel to the afflicted areas.


You can be sure that the CT stone and the gravel used to fill your driveway are the same as the original stone by ordering another bag of gravel when you make your purchase.


Willow Materials is committed to providing top-quality gravel and stone products for our Connecticut customers. No matter your next project, we have the CTDOT-approved materials at affordable costs. We have everything from topsoil to decorative rocks and gravel. Due to our many years of experience and are approved by CTDOT, you'll be at ease knowing that our products comply with all the specifications. We are the best place to find the highest quality products for gravel and stone in Connecticut. Request a quote today by calling us!

Willow Materials

50 Barnum Rd, Bristol, CT 06010