Tuesday, June 21, 2011
From This........... to This
This is a reprint of this Article, so that we can have the info available for our plans...How to Reclaim a Section of Gravel Driveway for Grassy Yard SpaceBy braniac, eHow User
After an addition to our house we had an area of gravel driveway that really felt like it would be better as yard. I could picture it covered in grass and making a useful area instead of gravel. Our cars didn't pull up as far to cover this area anymore after the remodeling and it just seemed as though it would make a nice buffer from our driveway and also give us a bit more usable area for the yard.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need
- strong back
- grass seed
- The first thing we needed to do was remove the gravel that was on the area we wanted to convert. We used a rake for this. This was not your typical lawn grass rake, but one with solid metal teeth (not flexible) and they were closely spaced. We loaded the gravel into the wheelbarrow and carted it out into the driveway to spread out.
- Keep excavating the gravel with the shovel until you've started to find "just soil" or until you've gone down two inches. If you're still finding gravel after two inches worth of scraping that's okay. Depending on your plans for the grassy area you may want to excavate further, but if all you want is grass to grow it's not necessary.
- Go back over this area and fill it with topsoil. You want to fill it back up to the level that it was with gravel only this time you are filling it with soil. You can get soil from composted lives and yard clippings, if you like you can mix in ash from wood stoves or brush piles. Try to make it an even mix of soil though so that it has the same consistency. You may also use topsoil bought from a garden center or nursery.
- Rake the topsoil smooth and be sure to remove any debris (twigs, leaves, clumps of any sort) so that you have a nice smooth seed bed.
- Sow your grass seed and it's recommended to cover with pine needles or straw so that the seed doesn't wash off in a heavy watering or rain.
- Gently water the area about 2 times a week until the grass starts to sprout and establish. If it's raining this often you may not need to water.
Tips & Warnings
- Be sure to choose grass seed that suits the conditions of the area you're planting. Take into consideration whether it's a wet or dry area and the amount of sun it receives.
- Spring or Fall are the best times to establish fresh grass seed. Avoid the heat of summer or the freezing temperatures of mid winter.
- Some in our area like to spread grass seed on the first or last snow of the year. It can be easier to see where you have sown the seed and the snow gives it moisture to accelerate the sprouting. Also you're unlikely to have prolonged cold temperatures long enough to damage the grass sprouts if it's October/November or April/May.
- Be careful not to overload the wheelbarrow and distribute the weight well.
- Don't over exert. This is a project that you can do gradually over several months.