Having a perfect-looking gravel driveway is a desire of every homeowner, and usually, people spend a big part of their incomes on putting a new gravel drive. The contractor makes you completely satisfied that weeds will not grow in between the tiny gaps, but you become upset when you see weeds growing and making your driveway or pathway looking ugly.
Sometimes, the gravel corridors or driveways are neglected by the homeowners due to any reason, resulting in the appearance of overgrown weeds in that area.
We will recommend worthwhile ways to prevent and solve this problem if you are also a victim.
Gravel Drive Weeds Prevention
Prevention is the first thing that you need to do before you start placing gravel drives if you want the area free of weeds in the future, and make it look nice and clean.
Use Weed killer
You should get any good quality weed killer from the market and use it in the area where you have planned to install the gravel drive. Using glyphosate-based weed killer is the best option to kill the already grown weeds and prevent them in future. This type of weed killer kills all the surrounding plants and creates spotless and plain ground for laying gravel drive.
Before placing the gravel in your driveway or pathway, be sure to lay a barrier that can effectively stop the weeds from reaching the surface of the gravel. There are two options regarding barriers.
The first is weeds controller fabric. This type of fabric does not allow the weeds to come out of the gravel and appear to be seen on the gravel surface. It acts as an obstacle for the weeds in between the soil and gravel.
The second option is to use weeds controller plastic sheets. These sheets act as a shield between the soil and the gravel layer to keep away the weeds from coming up to the soil and reach the surface of the gravel. They also have a property to kill the existing weeds from the roots because of their black color. Black color does not allow enough light to pass and does not nourish weeds to make them grow freely. It is very convenient to assemble, cut and lay down on any type of ground.
Keys to kill weeds from the gravel drive
- Manual trial:
Start pulling out weeds by using your hands if you have a smaller area to clear out. But remember to keep your safety gloves on while performing the task.
If you have a little wider space to clear out, then you can also use a digging tool like a spade to dig out the weeds down from the roots. If you want deeper digging with less damage to the gravel, it is recommended to use a corkscrew trowel or any long-bladed trowel. They can be helpful in the removal of weeds even through the protective fabric or plastic sheet.
- Make a salt solution:
Using a salt solution is also effective to stop weeds growth. You can make a salt solution by using only three ingredients that are easily available at every home.
Take 4 liters of water, and mix about 2 kg salt, and a little amount of dish soap to make a solution. Now put it in a spray bottle and spray the whole area where you have performed digging already, or spray this solution before placing the gravel. Salt is a proven substance to stop the weeds from growing because it is a non-selective kind of weed killer.
Keep in mind that this method will be less effective if you spray it on the already positioned gravel.
If you have a larger property that will take up your more energy and time then, go get the gravel weeds killer from the market.
Experts always recommend using a liquid form weed killer or herbicide, as it is convenient to use with a larger sprayer and lasts longer by absorbing into the soil till the roots of the weeds.
Usually, they stay activated for several months and helps to discontinue the growth of weeds and grass.
Re-application will be required so don’t throw away the gallon after a single-use.
Moreover, you can get rid of gravel driveway weeds by:-
- Clearing out any dirt, debris, and mud from the area where gravel needs to be laid, as the dirty soil is favorable for weeds growth.
- Raking the gravel driveways or pathways regularly. It will not only take out the appeared weeds but also discourage the germination of seeds.
- Coating up the new gravel on the older one every four to five years. New topping will help wrap up the bare spots.
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!