In The Garage

How to fix a pothole in your gravel driveway

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

-Dad

I realize this article may not be for everyone, because

A. not everyone has a gravel driveway and
B. not everyone has access to a tractor with a blade.

For those who this situation applies to however, I will show you how to quickly and easily fix a pothole in your gravel driveway.

fix pothole in a gravel drive

It is a fact of life for those of us that live in more rural areas. We have gravel driveways. Gravel driveways do not last forever and get potholes after a year or two that require filling. These driveways also tend to get humps in the middle that need to be bladed down and the gravel pushed back into the area where the tires roll. The ideal solution to these two problems is to push the raised middle of the driveway into the potholes to fill them.

fix pothole in gravel drive

I usually take my tractor and attach the blade to the 3-point connection on the rear. I set the blade to about a 30 degree angle for the first pass. This will allow me to push the gravel from the hump in the middle off to the side as I drive down the center of the driveway.

fix pothole in gravel drive

Once I have made the first pass, the hump in the middle of the drive has been pushed to the side where the potholes were. As you can see in the photo above however, it is not exactly smooth and we have just traded one problem for another. The solution for this is to change the angle on the blade so that it is perpendicular to the driveway at this point and make one more pass to smooth things out. For the second pass, I usually set the blade to not ride quite as low as the first time, so that it will slide over the top of and smooth out the freshly moved gravel.

fix pothole in gravel drive

As you can see, with some proper maintenance, you can extend the life of your gravel driveway. This maintenance took less than a half hour and made our drive much smoother to drive on. Remember, a small pothole is easier to fill than a large one, so perform your maintenance early and don’t wait until a small problem becomes a big one.

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