Whether the route to your garage is flat or features a moderate slope, a gravel driveway is an easy path to design and create. A gravel driveway can wick away rainwater more easily than one made from brick, concrete, or asphalt, offering excellent traction for cars.
You will need:
Step 1: Ensure that the driveway angle is less than five degrees because gravel tends to migrate toward the bottom of this area. If the slope is greater than five degrees, you may occasionally need to rake gravel toward the top of the driveway.
Step2: When designing the driveway, avoid creating any sweeping curves because gravel can accumulate in the corners. Consider adding a treated wood or brick border to prevent gravel from spreading over time.
Step 3: Use the shovel and rake to level the driveway surface. Smooth the area by removing large roots and rocks. Cover the area with weed-blocking cloth and use the garden hose to lightly wet the surface with water.
Step 4: Add 2 to 3 inches of gravel to the driveway, creating a solid base that will not scatter. Fine gravel of about ¼-inch holds its shape better so you need less, while a deeper base should be created when large gravel is used. Use the wheelbarrow to add the gravel in piles spaced every 1 to 2 feet.
Step 5: Scatter the gravel over the driveway with the flat shovel and then rake it. When the surface appears level to the eye, put a wood stake into the ground at the top of the driveway and another stake at the bottom. Run the line level from the upper to the lower stake. While viewing the line, rake hills or dips until the driveway is even and straight.
Step 6: Use the hose to wet the gravel. Tamp the gravel down with the weighted roller or drive back and forth on the driveway in your car. Spray water on the gravel to achieve a consistent grade. The finished depth of the gravel driveway should be about 1 ½ inches.