If elbow grease isn’t for you, then you can always look down the chemical route.
The final step is to lay a layer of decorative aggregate. You need a decent layer (3 to 5 inches) but not too deep as this can lead to puddle and weed growth.
Using a compacted subbase (Granular base / hardcore base) will ensure the decorative aggregate is evenly distributed plus allowing for drainage eliminating puddles.
How to stop weeds in gravel. It’s a common sight seeing weeds in gravel driveways. If you’ve not laid a good, weed control fabric foundation or just don’t keep on top of removing those weeds that have planted themselves in the gravel, it’s not long before there’s more weeds than gravel in your drive way and the only way of getting to your car is by using a machete and dodging the man eating fly traps!
4. Another layer of Landscape Fabric.
A layer of weed control membrane making it difficult for weeds to pop through and for most weeds to bed themselves.
The chemical free / preventing weeds naturally.
Following these steps to prevent weed growth in gravel / gravel driveway is best achieved BEFORE you’ve laid any gravel. However, you can obviously move gravel out of the way and follow these steps (it’s just a little more tricky).
Common gravel weeds range from grassy weeds to woody weeds. Broadleaf, henbit, purslane, chickweed, dandelions all find it fair gain when it comes to rearing their heads between the stone.
So, how to stop weeds from growing in gravel?
Well, the honest answer, you’ll never completely get rid of weeds existing in your drive. Weed seeds can travel through the air or via birds / insects. If there’s dirt, moister and sunshine then weeds will soon geminate.
However, there are precautions you can take to stop many of the weeds shooting up from the ground below. So keeping on top of keeping your gravel weed free is that little easier.
3. Lay Sub Base.
Here’s a diagram:
For the small amount of weed that may appear from then on you’ll find they’re small and with a tiny bit of elbow grease can easily be pulled. Much easier to manage weeds if there are only a couple every few weeks rather than a field full.
Dig out the area of your driveway. If your drive is connecting a lawn ensure you separate using edging stones. Ensure irrigation from your lawn does not run into your gravel.
Before attempting to eradicate the weed population in your gravel areas, you should first identify what type of weed you are going to battle with to figure out the best method of elimination. There are three basic types of gravel weed plants: broadleaf weeds, grassy weeds and woody weeds.
Some weeds, such as (prostrate spurge), have a deep taproot, making it extremely tough to get rid of by hand. It is a summer annual weed with thick, waxy, leaves with a telltale reddish stripe down the center. Try pulling it before it goes to seed since, once this weed is established, even a weed killer is little help due to the difficulty penetrating the thick waxy leaves. Use a pre-emergent with active ingredients such as pendimethalin or oryzalin for severe infestations.
Gravel Weed Plants
You can also try laying the gravel more thickly. A 3- to 5-inch (7.5-12 cm.) layer of gravel can aid in preventing weeds in gravel. Also, make sure that the irrigation from the lawn watering isn’t running into the gravel. All that lovely water will facilitate weed growth.
How to Remove Weeds in Gravel Driveways and Other Areas
Weeds growing in gravel are difficult to remove, let alone control. Of course, some weeds can be hand removed, but often they will return with a vengeance and in greater numbers. Pulling those weeds that are just about to bloom will aid in reducing the number by preventing the plant from going to seed.