A gravel driveway will be much more attractive when it’s weed-free. The best defense against weeds is prevention. With this in mind, we’d like to talk about how to prevent weeds on gravel driveways. We’ll also spend a little time talking about how to kill them if they do pop up.
Create a Weed Barrier
It’s smart to put a weed barrier in place before you lay down gravel in a driveway. If you don’t have a weed barrier, such as plastic sheeting or plastic paving grids (these are ultra-modern options which provide a few good benefits), it might be worth it to take away the gravel and put a weed barrier in place.
Once you’ve laid the gravel again, you’ll be ready to enjoy a driveway which has some weed resistance built right in. Also, if you do have plastic sheeting underneath, but it’s old and raggedy, you may find that weeds grow through the holes. You’ll solve the problem by putting gravel aside for a bit and replacing the plastic sheeting, or upgrading to plastic paving grids.
Of course, some “sweat equity” is going to be required, unless you outsource this job, which is always an option. However, the “sweat equity” involved with hand-pulling stubborn weeds from between gravel stones is likely to be far worse, as you’ll need to do it forever unless you take action.
If you’re planning a new gravel driveway, start out strong with a good plastic sheet or plastic paving grids from a trusted manufacturer. Make it harder for weeds to grow! Also, the gravel layer should measure between three and five inches. This range of thickness definitely deters weed growth.
So, that’s the prevention side of things. Now, let’s talk about how to get rid of weeds on gravel driveways when they do make an appearance…
How to Kill Pesky Weeds
You may hand-pull them if there aren’t too many…and your lower back is up to it! Bear in mind that you’ll need to pull them out by the roots and this often takes quite a bit of work. Using a garden spade should help.
Another option is using a chemical weed killer product on your driveway. There are tons of these solutions out there. These liquid formulations kill weeds with chemicals and they are convenient, although they are not natural weed killers. If you want something less chemical, or chemical-free, search for organic weed killers. They may cost a bit more, but usually work pretty well.
Companies are producing weed killers which are more organic and natural. A lot of people don’t like pouring or spraying lab-created chemicals on their driveways.
Vinegar is actually a natural weed killer, so you can try that if you want to. Some people who avoid the chemical weed killers use boiling water on weeds. It’s a simple and elegant solution which is certainly cost-affordable.
Weeds are one of the downsides of gravel driveways. They are par for the course unless the right prevention and weed killing measures are in place. However, since there are great ways to prevent them and get rid of them, dealing with weeds shouldn’t take up too much of your time.
Plan a Weed-free Gravel Driveway
We think that plastic paving grids are a good investment. They do deter weeds and also provide ground reinforcement. This will help a driveway to withstand more impact. Also, these plastic paving grids are weather-resistant, designed to hold up to four hundred and twenty tonnes safely and are able to be filled with gravel or grass. They make it easier to access a weed-free driveway and they are usually reasonably-priced.
Plastic sheeting is very practical, if a bit more old-fashioned. Geotextile fabric is also used by some people who are creating weed barriers. You should be able to find both types of sheeting online in your own community.
Also, be sure you order enough gravel to get the desired layer thickness. Wrap it up by choosing a weed-killing method that works for you, whether it’s chemical or natural.
When you plan ahead, you’ll ensure that weeds don’t take over your driveway and your free time. If you already have a layer of gravel down and don’t wish to put a new or upgraded weed barrier into place, it’s probably best to go for a commercial weed-killer, as long as you don’t mind the chemicals. This type of heavy-duty weed killer will be pretty easy to apply and it will be tough enough to kill a lot of weeds at one time.
However, you should always follow the directions on the package carefully. Also, protect your eyes, hands and other exposed parts. They shouldn’t come in contact with the chemicals.
Now that you know the basics, you’ll be ready to prevent and kill weeds on gravel driveways today.