When looking for the best gravel for driveways, it is important to remember that everyone’s requirements are different. Some people place importance on drainage properties, others place importance on aesthetics such as size and color, and other factors such as cost and durability are also added to the mix.
TYPE OF GRAVEL AND THEIR USEFULNESS
Ideal for country gardens, but also works well with modern gardens. Gravel and loose stones are water permeable, easy to lay yourself, and cost-effective. As the name suggests, gravel and loose stones are easy to install and simply require even distribution. This can be done effectively on a compacted surface such as a driveway, for example, but can also be used for soft landscaping. All you will need is a rake to ensure even coverage, but chances are it won’t take long if you have ordered enough.
Slate Chips – Appearance and moisture retention (best for plant decoration)
Shingles – Drainage properties, appearance, and price (best for driveways)
Dotted Gravel – Pavement, drainage, affordability, and small shape (best for driveways)
Quarrying Processes – Base Coats and Sustainability
River Rocks – Edge and durability and great shape (better for aquatic elements)
Marble Chips – Coating and appearance (better for trails)
THE ADVANTAGES OF GRAVEL DRIVEWAYS
Reduces Maintenance – the weight of the gravel helps suppress weeds in the summer, gravel driveways eliminate the need to mow, water, or feed. A simple gravel rake, where needed, is about sufficient for maintenance.
Improves Drainage – Gravel helps absorb water into the soil, rather than holding water and forming awkward puddles.
Great Flexibility – Gravel comes in both functional and decorative forms and can be used for paths, driveways, pond edges, plant decoration, and more. Gravel also comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.
Extremely Durable – Weather conditions do not affect the performance of gravel, but can enhance its color when wet.
Enhanced Safety – The creaking sound that gravel makes underfoot is an effective way to know that someone is on your property – your dog may notice it first and come and tell you.
Simple Installation – Gravel surfaces are easy to install and can be used and enjoyed almost immediately.
Drought Resistant – Although gravel is a good drain on water, it can also maintain a certain level of moisture below it, making it a wise choice for your plants, especially if you tend to experience long periods of heat.
WHAT IS THE IDEAL SIZE OF GRAVEL FOR DRIVEWAYS?
Is your driveway used to park cars or for decoration? If your gravel driveway is used for parking cars, avoid the smallest size of pea shingles, you don’t want them to stick to your tires. Opt for larger gravel, anything less than 6 mm can be easily moved, but anything over 18-20 is too hard to walk on and is not good for car tires. Gravels of 10 to 18 mm are recommended for driveways that house cars, but it depends entirely on taste.
In general, 6-10 mm gravel is used for footpaths, which can be a good solution for alleys that do not require cars. On the other hand, the smaller the gravel in your driveway, the more likely it is that your cat or your neighbor’s cat will use it as a litter box.