How do I stop gravel from washing away in driveway?

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  • Sue28039999 Sue28039999 on Sep 04, 2017
    Are you referring to the water running down the tire tracks in a dirt/gravel driveway? If so, your solution is to slope your driveway to one side so all the water runs off it into a ditch -- preferably a ditch that can be mowed -- as soon as it hits your driveway rather than run the tire tracks. you may also need to add some medium sized gravel to the tire tracks to create a solid base.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 04, 2017
    What exactly what is it you want to do? You quite vague, need more information. EJL.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Sep 05, 2017
    If it is just a matter of the gravel scattering, you need to put in a edger of some sort. Anything you do will take time to install properly so it will not wind up looking sloppy. Push the gravel back from the edge along the driveway and lay out a straight line with twine between 2 stakes to insure it is straight; and spray paint along the line for a pattern; edge and using sand, level out brick pavers. This is tedious, hard work and can get quite expensive but you have to have something taller than the gravel to hold it in.

    The ideal solution would be to stand the pavers up on their sides to make a higher barrier.

  • V Smith V Smith on Sep 05, 2017
    If it is the edge where the driveway meets the pedestrian sidewalk or street perhaps adding some modified on top of the gravel to "cement" it into place, or make a mound (like a low speed bump) of blacktop right at that edge. Kudos to your choice of gravel over paving it can be a bother if you live where the snow needs to be removed but it is much better for rain water run off. Any one downstream of you should appreciate your choice during a storm.

  • Nancy Nancy on Sep 05, 2017
    Instead of gravel, we used screened crushed blacktop. Heavy rains haven't disturbed it.

  • Wandamurline Wandamurline on Sep 05, 2017
    I have a gravel driveway of 3/4 of a mile...and where my house is located, you go down a hill, across a cattle guard bridge where a branch is, and then up. We had it asphalted about 20 years ago, but the asphalt is about gone, so we decided to put gravel.....when we had a 6" rain in about 8 hours, needless to say, most of the gravel is now in the branch. We had more loads of rock brought out.....when we can, we are again going to asphalt this drive way because nothing else will keep it from washing.

  • Lynne Daly Lynne Daly on Sep 05, 2017
    We have a very steep downhill driveway, and the "gullywash" would take pretty much everything. We ended up putting claysand under the gravel, and it worked beautifully. We have asphalt going down the driveway, but now we can have grass at the bottom instead of erosion!

  • Sue28039999 Sue28039999 on Sep 05, 2017
    If it's spreading on the sides, use treated landscaping posts to outline the sides.

    Any dirt/gravel road/driveway needs a solid base and needs some larger gravel -- at least golf ball sized or larger -- smaller gravel on a slope such as a load of crusher run (that contains a lot of sand and smaller gravel) is not a good idea.

    If gravel washing down a slope with the path of the road/driveway and you cannot grade and replace the gravel to recreate the dirt/gravel with a tilt to one side so the water runs off rather than down the tire tracks, then ...

    Start at the bottom of the path where the gravel is washing away and block that "escape" path for your gravel so that the gravel builds up behind the barrier rather than washing away. We had half of a five gallon bucket of roofing cement left over from repairing the roof and successfully blocked a wash down the tire track of our private dirt road /driveway by pouring it over and mixing it with some larger (tennis ball sized) gravel to create that block. You could do probably the same with a bag of concrete mix.

  • Ele28730255 Ele28730255 on Sep 05, 2017
    Go on line and search for TrueGridPaver.Com
    I have put it in my drive and I am in an area that not only rains a lot we have flooding problems and the drive is so solid I am getting comments from delivery drivers that are not afraid to bring the trucks in the drive.

  • Jkendall Jkendall on Nov 15, 2017
    We dug a ditch where majority of water ran off. Added crusher run to driveway, sloped it and the most important part was having it rolled with a machine. This is after 7 years of heartache and stone renewal constantly!