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How to Get Rid of Weeds in a Gravel Driveway

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Overview

Although gravel driveways are much less expensive than asphalt, they have a distinct disadvantage when it comes to weeds. While weeds struggle to take root in asphalt, they find it easy to grow in gravel. Once spring arrives, your smooth gravel driveway will look more like a miniature weed forest. Get rid of the weeds in your gravel driveway and enjoy the neat look of the gravel once again.

Hand Removal

Step 1

Pull on some gardening gloves and pull up the weeds. Most gravel weeds have shallow roots, making them easy to get out of the ground.

Step 2

Place the weeds carefully in a trash bag, taking care not to scatter any seeds.

Step 3

Discard the weeds in a vegetation recycling bin. Don't use them for compost as the weeds will reseed in the warm, rich environment of a compost bin.

Step 4

Rake the gravel over the bare patches left by the removed weeds.

Chemical Herbicide

Step 1

Apply a chemical herbicide to the weeds. Put on a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and protective gloves.

Step 2

Fill a spray bottle or pressure sprayer with the herbicide. Aim the sprayer as close to the plant as possible, and make sure you wet the leaves thoroughly. Herbicides work by being absorbed through the foliage of a plant.

Step 3

Use a plastic rake (or your hands) to pick up the dead weeds after they have died down completely--usually a week or two later. Note that most herbicides are made for broad-leaf plants, which means they do not kill the seeds, so you will have to reapply the herbicide during the next growing season.

Step 4

Rake the gravel over the bare spots left by the weeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Trash bag
  • Plastic rake
  • Chemical herbicide
  • Spray bottle or pressure sprayer

References

  • Green Options: Weed Out the Weeds
  • Washington Toxics: Weeds in Gravel Driveways

Who Can Help

  • WBZ TV: 5 Ways to Kill Weeds Without Herbicides
Keywords: gravel driveway, weed removal, herbicide

About this Author

April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.