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How to Lay and Maintain a Gravel Driveway

Aug 16

A gravel driveway has the sound of a horn. A great pastime is to build a stone driveway. A driveway made of CT and stone driveway can be created by anyone, even if they have no previous experience with landscaping. Use these useful tips and tricks to ensure your new driveway is stunning.


What exactly is a gravel driveway, and how does it differ from a regular driveway?

It's simple to see how a gravel driveway will increase the look of your home's exterior.


By using a variety of colored shapes, sizes, and decorative stones, you are able to alter the look of your new gravel driveway easily.


It is a great material for improving walkways, patios, rockeries, gardens, and decorative edging. Gravel driveways are still very popular, despite this.


Benefits of a Gravel Driveway


  • Design Flexibility – You have several options regarding driveway gravel's dimensions, shape, and color.

  • Grass-based driveways don't require pruning, mowing, or watering, making keeping them free of weeds easier.

  • More affordable and easier to maintain than other options like asphalt, tarmac, or grass.

  • Gravel's exceptional ability to disperse rain means that your new driveway will be clear of puddles.

  • The gravel's crunch sound as you walk on alerts you to the presence of people watching because it is an unreliable aggregate.

  • Gravel driveways are a basic DIY project which even the most experienced DIYer can accomplish.


How do you keep a driveway made of gravel?


Items Necessary


  • To create a striking appearance, choose the most beautiful decorative stone gravel.

  • To ensure a firm foundation, use MOT Type 1 leveling material.

  • The Driveway Fabric Weed Prevention Membrane offers water drainage and weed resistance.

  • The driveway is bordered with decorative boulders (optional).


Step 1: Select the gravel that you'd prefer to utilize.


The choice of gravel chipping is the first step to creating an attractive new driveway. The stone products and the gravel are extremely flexible and can be used for any type of construction project, regardless of the design or age. Before you decide about the gravel color, consider the general shade scheme of your home. There are many options for gravel and stone colors and the texture based on where life is, in areas of rurality, or in large cities. A stunning contrast to darker brickwork, our 20mm Cotswold Buff Gravel 20mm is the ideal option for driveways. Gravels with an angular shape are extremely beneficial as they lock naturally and help maintain the strength of the gravel layer. Our popular 20mm Polar White Marble is the best choice for a contemporary design, highlighting trees and plants well to give a lighter and brighter look. Our Green Granite Gravel 20mm alternative is beautiful, eye-catching, and suitable for rural and urban environments. Dove Grey Limestone Gravel 14-20mm is an extremely popular option for driveways, and it's among our most popular products of quality. Don't let us decide for you. There are a variety of beautiful gravels and aggregates to choose from at CT stones and gravel and gravel. So get ready to have a lot of fun selecting the perfect shape and color for your pathway.


Step 2: Measure your driveway


Measure your driveway after you've chosen the gravel color scheme. This method will allow you to determine the required gravel required for your project. We've made an online calculator for gravel to make it easier for you. A large-sized bag of gravel covers around 5 square meters at 50 millimeters deep (not including the sub-base).


Step 3: Choose the gravel driveway edge.


The design of the gravel driveway borders is an essential aspect of the procedure. They enhance the look of the surface and add visual interest.


Although solid block borders are attractive, they also serve a useful purpose by keeping gravel within your driveway.


Natural edging can create gravel driveways using large boulders or stones. They are beautiful when used as a buffer between the gravel and the remaining areas of turf or planters.


Your gravel driveway edging should be tall enough to prevent debris from getting out all around your driveway.


Step 4: Preparing the ground is the first step in making a gravel driveway.


Preparation is the first step in constructing a driveway. You may have to remove all debris, turf, or topsoil. Afterward, you'll need to excavate 50-200 millimeters off the surface. If you add a sub-base, you'll need to leave at least 50 millimeters for the gravel and 150 millimeters to make the sub-base. It is important to ensure that the foundation of your driveway is level and well-compressed. In soils with soft soils, It may be necessary to excavate and reinstall MOT Type 1. It is possible to use a roller to compress the base layer of large walkways.


Step 5: The gravel driveway sub-base is laid


The gravel driveway base you are using should have MOT Type 1.


As a bulk filling or leveling material, MOT Type 1 aggregate is ideal for ensuring the durability of your driveway. Aggregate is available in many sizes, from 40mm to fine dust. Be aware that your decorative CT stone and gravel will be placed between the sub-base and the surface So, leave a minimum of 50mm of space.


Step 6: Weed Prevention Membrane is to be applied at this time.


We suggest you apply a Weed Prevention Membrane to prevent the growth of weeds and let the water run off your gravel surface. The sheet should be placed over the MOT Type 1 compacted, and then cut it into the desired shape.


Step 7: Spread the ornamental gravel over the surface.


We've done it!


Place your gravel on the Weed Prevention Membrane. The gravel layer should be at minimum 50 millimeters (5cm) deep and evenly dispersed. To ensure that the gravel is evenly distributed over the surface, you must rake it.

How do you keep your gravel driveways clear of weeds and clean?


Making sure your driveway is clean and beautiful is simple and doesn't take much time. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your driveway looks good throughout the year.


Get rid of leaves, twigs, and any other debris accumulated on your driveway semi-regularly, especially in the fall. This is a great method to break up the gravel when you have any compacted gravel.


Weeds may form despite the existence of a preventive weed barrier if seeds that are blown through the wind develop. Wearing gardening gloves, get rid of them manually. Spray glyphosate-containing weed killer (or herbicide) on the affected areas.


Your driveway's gravel may become less dense over time, leaving you bare spots. The problem can be addressed by adding more gravel to the affected areas.


You can make sure that the CT stone and gravel that you use to fill your driveway are the same as the stone used in the initial installation by ordering an additional bag of gravel when you make your purchase.


Willow Materials is committed to providing high-quality stone and gravel products to our Connecticut customers. Whatever your next project may be, We have the CTDOT-approved materials at a reasonable cost. We've got all the materials you'll need, from topsoil and sand to decorative gravels and boulders. And because of our years of experience and are approval by CTDOT, you'll be assured that our products meet all specifications. We are the ideal place to get the best quality products for gravel and stone throughout the state. Request a price now by calling us!


Willow Materials

50 Barnum Rd, Bristol, CT 06010