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DIY Gravel Driveway

Adding a gravel driveway is an affordable solution to provide parking for extra vehicles, trailers and RVs. No matter the size of your project with a little planning and hard work, it’s a DIY project almost anyone can accomplish.

Materials Needed 

Tools/Equipment 

  • Shovel & Rake
  • Measuring Tape
  • Skid Steer *Optional for projects requiring digout, leveling or large quantity placement.
  • Sod Cutter *Optional for easy removal of existing sod.

 

1 – Mark and Measure

Mark and measure the area

Find the boundaries of your soon to be driveway / RV parking. If needed contact local bluestakes to mark underground utilities. Calculate the square footage of the area

 

2 – Level and Clear

Level and clear the area

Make sure your area is clear of all sod, debris and weeds. Fill in any holes or low areas and compact the soil for a sturdy base. 

 

3 – Order Materials

Order Materials

If you’ll be using landscape fabric to help reduce weeds be sure to order it first so it can be intalled before the gravel arrives. Order the needed quantity of gravel.

 

4 – Placement

Placement

Dump rock into desired area. Use shovels to spread material over area and use a rake to settle rock into place helping it compact. 

 

FAQs

  • How deep does the gravel need to be? Between 2-4 inches. If you are using a smaller gravel like a 3/4” or 1” size than 2-3” is common. If 1 1/2” or 2” size than 3-4” depth is common.
  • Can I use Pea Gravel? Pea Gravel is usually a cheaper solution and may not be approved by some communities. Vehicles and trailers can more easily sink in the rock, get stuck in tread and be pushed out onto the road.

 

Examples

Olympus Driveway

Oquirrh Gravel Driveway