If you have a gravel driveway at your Fallston home, you may be surprised to find out that gravel driveways actually require quite a bit of care. Unlike concrete, asphalt, or driveway materials, gravel can move about quite freely, which can lead to potholes or other difficulties over time. The best way to prevent this is through regular maintenance. Read on to discover how to maintain your Fallston home’s gravel driveway.
Fill Holes Immediately
Small holes in your gravel driveway can turn into large potholes quite quickly. Because of this, it is vital to fill holes with new gravel as soon as you notice them. Using new gravel is crucial, as spreading gravel around from other areas of the driveway will only serve to thin the gravel layer in those areas. Gravel tends to move and spread with frequent vehicle and foot traffic, and it will naturally disperse into the surrounding landscape or become embedded in the underlying soil layer over time.
Remove Debris Weekly
Make checking for and removing debris from your gravel driveway part of a weekly routine. Leaves, twigs, and weeds can gather in a gravel driveway over time, and they can become difficult to remove if left to accumulate unchecked. You can either remove debris by hand or use a rake.
Grade Your Gravel Driveway
Drainage is an important part of any driveway’s design. With a gravel driveway, having an understanding of grading and drainage can fall to the homeowner. Because gravel disperses, moves, and redistributes over time, owners of gravel driveways must regularly grade their driveway. Keeping the driveway graded between two and five percent helps ensure adequate drainage and waterflow.
Replenish Gravel Annually
Another way to ensure proper drainage is to replenish your driveway’s gravel annually or biennially. Simply buy some gravel and spread a layer over your existing driveway, making sure to grade it properly. When the gravel is kept at a high enough level, water from storms and such simply flows through the gravel and into the surrounding landscape without creating puddles on the surface.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring and summer, 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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