Preparing a Driveway for Crushed Rock
A crushed rock driveway has many benefits. It creates great traction for your tires and covers up all dirt and dust so that there is not as much in your driveway. You will also find that it is very easy to install and very affordable. It also adds a nice look to your home. You need to prepare your driveway before you even begin the installation. This is not something that is very difficult but it is something that is necessary.
Step 1 - Remove
The first thing that you are going to have to do is dig up all of the weeds and the grass using your shovel. The layer of topsoil that is on the driveway will need to be excavated. Make sure that you remove all of the topsoils as this will help to keep any dirt or dust from seeping out from under your crushed rock once it has been installed. As you rake through your soil, be sure that you get rid of any big rocks or sticks as well as any other debris that may cause issues or get in the way.
Step 2 - Use Weed Killer
Once you have finished the first step, you are ready to move on to the weed killer. Make sure that you follow the instructions and put down only what is necessary. This will help to prevent any type of unwanted vegetation from coming up through your rocks.
Step 3 - Even
After you have the weed killer set out, you are ready to rake out the ground and get it evened out. Rake your ground thoroughly until it is even. Be sure that the middle of your driveway path is higher than the sides so that you will not have to worry about any flooding. Get out your tamper tool and tamp down all of the soil. An asphalt roller may be necessary if you are working with a larger area.
Step 4 - Use Weed Control Fabric
You are now ready to get your driveway path lined up with a weed control fabric. This fabric is going to come in pretty big rolls. You will unroll it in rows that overlap just slightly. Roll it on your driveway until the entire path is covered completely.
Step 5 - Line Driveway
Once your weed control fabric has been laid, you are ready to get your driveway lined with one layer of gravel. You will need to make sure that the gravel has rocks that are bigger than the crushed rock that you plan on using for your driveway.
Step 6 - Take Other Considerations
It is important that you do maintenance on your driveway. You will need to get the rocks evened out and add more whenever necessary. If you happen to have your driveway on an incline, then dig a ditch along your driveway on the higher side of your incline.