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Reducing Depth of Gravel on a Large Drive

A client recently purchased a property with a newly laid gravel drive ( a quick fix to get the property up for sale according to neighbours ! ) 

The problem is the gravel 20 mm and 40 mm pebbles have being laid  far too deep up to 5 inches deep  making parking , moving wheelie bins , pushing a mower , trying to walk in high heels ( not me ) or walk in general very difficult .  

what is the quickest most practical method of levelling the suface / bagging the surplus gravel and having it removed , is there a machine which can be hired to do the job efficiently , would a mini digger be over the top ? 

once desired depth has being established there are plans to install some paved areas through the gravel . 

Thanks in advance . 

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  • PRO

    I'd have a look at an old photo of the area (Google streetview often comes up with the goods) it maybe deep in one area and not so deep in others becasue there are all kinds of levels being camulflaged by the gravel..... Manholes, different concrete slabs/brickwork, etc.

    Depending on the size of the drive, I would say a good shovel and lots of 25Kg bags is the best way of getting rid.... then look for another client that needs more gravel on their drive :)

  • Bag it in hundreds of small bags and stick it on marketplace / gumtree for free

    • Put up a 'Pick Your Own' gravel sign

      • PRO

        Thanks for this excellent idea Adam google street view . 

        Had a look at this and it shows the previous drive was a tarmac one with a caravan and two cars parked on it . Weirdly the gravel has being transfered to the drive from an area where a lawn is now in situ so under the gravel its tarmac and appears to be flat . 

        Re gravel disposal All Three excellent ideas . I have found someone who will be very happy to have all the surplus gravel so good result . 

        • PRO

          Glad it worked John.

          I always use Google Earth before going to see a new garden....and Street view is good at things like drives


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