How To Stop Gravel From Spreading

One of the most popular materials for driveway installations is gravel. Not only does it look appealing, but it’s also an eco-friendly choice as it helps promote sustainable drainage, reducing surface water runoff and preventing flooding. 

Add to this the fact that it’s relatively inexpensive and low maintenance and it’s easy to see why so many people prefer it over other options.

However, something you are likely to encounter if you do decide that gravel is the top choice for you at home or at work is the issue of spreading. Because it’s made up of lots of small bits and pieces of rock, it can move around and be displaced through everyday use.

The good news is that there’s a lot you can do to counteract the problem, so you don’t have to live with a messy and unkempt driveway at all.

Firstly, if you’re planning a new driveway installation, make sure that you lay the gravel down thickly enough to help reduce movement. Aim for at least three inches in depth and this will help compact the material and allow it to sink into the ground more.

Permeable plastic pavers are another option, as they help to keep the gravel in place – and this is a great choice if you don’t want to do much maintenance work on your driveway.

But if you don’t mind a bit of hard graft from time to time, you can always use a rake or hoe to put the gravel back in place whenever you see it spreading, then spraying it with water to help the stones settle down. Just don’t go too overboard with the spraying, as you can waterlog the driveway and this will increase the risk of spreading.


Looking for more hints and tips? Get in touch with the LW Landscapes team today.