If you use gravel in your Harford County landscape, you should consider your regular maintenance routine. While gravel is an excellent material for roads, patios, driveways, and groundcover, it does require a bit of upkeep from time to time. Harford County residents are no stranger to winter weather, and while weeding your gravel features is not a significant concern in the fall and winter months, there are a few things that you should do to keep your gravel looking pristine. Follow these gravel maintenance tips to ensure that your Harford County property is well-kept, and don’t forget to call Lehnhoff’s Supply for a top-up of gravel!
Remove Leaves, Sticks, and Debris
While homeowners likely will not face significant weeding challenges in the colder months, the fall leaves can be a considerable hassle to remove. Although it can be challenging to keep up with the falling leaves, you should make it a regular practice to remove debris from your gravel features this season. Do your best to remove leaves, sticks, and other foreign objects regularly. Brooms work well to remove dry leaves.
Rake Your Gravel Features
Raking your gravel helps distribute the material evenly and mitigate the effects of foot traffic and vehicles on your surfaces. Metal rakes with large spaces between the tines are ideal for most layouts, but particularly large features like roads or long driveways can be attended to by dragging a large piece of metal or wood across the surface. Concentrating your efforts so that the surface is slightly taller in the middle than on the outer edges can help create better drainage.
Fill Potholes and Add Fresh Gravel
Gravel tends to shift and scatter over time, so adding a fresh layer every one or two years is standard practice. However, if you notice potholes in the interim, you can fill them just as you would potholes in any other road surface. Some folks choose to fill potholes by removing loose material, adding a layer of fine sand, and overfilling the hole with gravel. Once settled, this provides a reliable fix.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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