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Maintaining Your Gravel Driveway

Whether you have a home or business, a nice gravel driveway makes a huge difference. While gravel driveways are an awesome option because they’re low-maintenance and affordable, they’re not without their work. There are a variety of issues that will pop up if your driveway is in need of some maintenance, as well as things you can do to keep yours from falling into disrepair.

Signs your gravel driveway needs some work

Foot traffic, vehicles, and weather will cause the rocks and the ground to shift. Maybe it’s been a while since you last gave it some attention, or it’s just not looking very good anymore. Either way, there’s a good chance you just need some gravel. Some common issues include:

  • Potholes
  • Ruts
  • Erosion
  • Bare spot
  • Drainage problems
  • The driveway has been smoothed down

Some of these issues are more obvious than others, but if you’re experiencing any of these, then a fresh load of gravel will do wonders for your space!

Not only will it be better for driving and walking on, but it will look better. If you’re trying to increase the curb appeal of your home or business, this is an underrated way to maximize it.

Tips for keeping your gravel driveway in good condition

Getting a fresh load of gravel every time it starts to look a little drab probably isn’t the most economical solution. Regular maintenance can ensure your driveway remains in good condition longterm. Here are some tips:

  1. Raking your gravel driveway: Maintaining an even surface will avoid holes (and holes getting bigger) and extend the life of your driveway
  2. Weed control: Weeds won’t help keep the gravel where it’s supposed to be, so it’s important to keep them out
  3. Proper drainage: In order to prevent erosion and potholes, you must ensure that water is draining away from your driveway

Raking to even out the surface of the driveway and filling in holes will extend the life of the gravel.

How often should you add gravel to your driveway?

No matter how well you maintain your gravel driveway, it’s never going to stay perfect forever. Adding gravel everything 2-3 years or so will keep it in good condition and looking nice. The longer you go without adding gravel, the more likely issues will arise.

Working with Up North Land Clearing

We now offer dump truck hauling services, which include gravel and other material hauling and delivery. Up North Land Clearing will not only bring you the gravel needed to fill in your driveway, but we will help you fill it in as well.

Give us a call today to learn more! (218) 551-5807