Gravel should be raked up onto the driveway, and tamped down until it's flat. Then the gravel should be wetted down with a hose, allowing the rock to shift and the dirt to accept the gravel once again. Don't use too much water, because you might cause the driveway to shift and the dirt to run. Arrange pavers. Compact the base rock with a handheld tamper. If you're laying flagstones or large pavers, top the base rock with about an inch of sand to settle the stones in place. Check to make sure the pavers are level and adjust as necessary. Leave gaps between the pavers or flagstone to accommodate the gravel. The depth of the gravel can vary, but should be at least 4 to 6 inches. To determine this measurement in feet, divide the number of inches by 12 (for example, 6 inches is 0. 5 feet). If you plan to do two to three layers, each layer will need to be 4 to 6 inches thick, so you will to calculate each layer separately. Stake out the path of the driveway. Clear grass or topsoil from staked area. Calculate cubic yardage of gravel needed for each driveway layer. Schedule and prepare site for gravel delivery. Level the ground along the path of the driveway. Spread and compact the base layer of gravel. Add middle layer of driveway gravel.
For all that, weed cloth does have a use: under hardscape. It may be bad under bark dust, mulch, soil, or compost but it works very well under river rock, gravel, decomposed granite, or flagstone. It certainly does help with weeds, but it also keep mud and aggregate separate during our wet winters!
Use a level to see that the bottom is flat and level. If you're using coarse sand, you may moisten it with a fine spray of water to help tamp it down and pack it tightly. This layer will keep the stone from sinking over a period of time.
How to Stabilize a Loose Gravel Driveway Remove organic matter from the driveway. Tree limbs, leaves and mud can end up on the driveway. Fix any drainage issues. Look carefully at your driveway after a rain. Fill potholes and other low spots. Most gravel driveways develop low spots over time. Compact the gravel.
One of the most important things about laying gravel is the process of installing a weed membrane. And this, like any other landscape fabric, cannot be placed directly over a lawn.
Sand is traditionally used between the cracks of pavers. The small granules fill in the gaps between the stones without leaving spaces. Brush the sand into the flagstone gaps with a push broom. You'll need to wet the sand so it settles and add more sand until the cracks fill up completely.
How to Keep Weeds Away from Your Gravel Weed the area thoroughly yourself. Before you put the gravel down: Use garden fabric to keep weeds away. Some people take this a step further and use garden or landscape fabric instead of, or in addition to, the mulch. Use salt for your weed control. Talk to your Lawn Doctor lawn care professional.
A gravel driveway is by far the cheapest and quickest to install, especially if the existing driveway sub-base is sound.
Pea gravel is made up of small, smooth rounded stones that can be used on any walking surface and on driveways. The stone's brown and white color gives it a natural look that's attractive with any landscaping. Pea gravel is much cheaper and more environmentally friendly to install than concrete or asphalt.
The cost of gravel ranges from $10 to $50 per ton, $15 to $75 per yard, $1 to $3 per square foot, or $1, 350 per truck load depending on the rock type, volume, and travel distance.