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What Is Best Way to Get Rid of All the Gravel in Your Yard?

By Kimberlee Leonard ; Updated September 21, 2017
The larger the gravel area, the bigger the job.
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Redoing a long driveway or an outdated landscape may require removing a lot of gravel before you can pour cement or lay sod. The best way to get rid of all the gravel in your yard is contingent on what your objectives are. For one person, hiring someone to come and deal with the problem is the best solution, as long as money is not an issue. For another person, saving money may be a bigger priority and removing the gravel becomes a personal home project.

Determine where the gravel will go once you pull it up. Call local contractors and masonry centers. You may find a resource who will take it from you. If not, call the local dump and see where you are allowed to dump it.

Inventory what tools and resources you have at your disposal and calculate a budget. Access to a tractor and a large pick-up truck makes the job a lot easier. If you don't have access to these items and can't afford to rent them, your job will take a lot longer with a rake, shovel and trash cans.

Divide the area up into sections to work in. Clearing one section at a time reduces the amount of gravel that moves from one area to the next while you are trying to pick it up. This is especially important if you are doing the job without larger tools. Shovel large sections, dumping it into the trash can. Rake up residual gravel into small piles and shovel. A tractor makes life a lot easier by picking up large amounts and dumping them into the back of a truck.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Trash cans
  • Rake


  • Contractors and local day workers are a good resource not only to help with the back breaking work of shoveling and moving the gravel, but also because they may know people who want it. If someone wants it, offer it for free as long as they come and move it for you.

About the Author


With more than 15 years of professional writing experience, Kimberlee finds it fun to take technical mumbo-jumbo and make it fun! Her first career was in financial services and insurance.