Stone/dirt driveway

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Stone/dirt driveway

I moved in a year ago and the house has a stone/mostly dirt 2 car driveway. It is in rough shape and now with snow melt is becoming a mud pit. Can I simply throw some more stone on it? With many other projects requiring my funds and attention I'd like to do this as cheap and least labor intensive as possible. Knowing that it will be a temporary solution at best.
 
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To do it right there should have been driveway cloth laid down first to keep the gravel from just sinking and having to go through this every year.
 
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You can certainly grade it & throw some gravel, on top. Many municipalities do that in various yards that they own. If it collects water, you can install some dry wells & surface collectors first.
 
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Good luck with that idea.
Never once seen a city or county working on someone's driveway once it's 10 feet from the road.
 
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Yes, simply putting more stone on top might help. I think you've got a snowballs chance getting your town to do it for you but give it a try. When dealing with stone you are talking tons of stone so I'd look for a dump truck driver that is good at tailgating to help minimize your labor spreading it out.
 
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Many municipalities do that in various yards that they own
Was my post misunderstood? I didn't mean that the municipality would do the work for him. They do that on their on property? That's what "in yards that they own" means.
 
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Pulpo, I understood it right off ..... but maybe I'm not normal

Gravel roads always need maintenance. What gravel to use depends on the base. The bigger the rock is the less it will sink into the soil below, finer rock makes for a nicer finish. Your local gravel yard should know what will work best for your driveway.
 
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My other question/concern would be whether I'll be flinging rocks up with mower? There's no border around driveway. How do I compact it/keep it where I want it?
 
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If the gravel is packed into the ground, you can run a lawnmower over the gravel with just a slight chance of picking any up BUT any loose gravel can be picked up by the mower. Running your car over the gravel will help to pack it down. Using commonsense near the gravel will lessen the chance of causing damage.
 
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I have a very long gravel driveway and have a gravel parking lot at my warehouse it's not been an issue for mowing but it all depends on you. If you have your mower deck set low and drive over the gravel what do you think will happen? If the gravel is spread out evenly and packed down it should be only slightly above ground level and below the level of your mower's blades.

Unfortunately many people do no maintenance on their driveway and let weeds and grass grow up. They think the only remedy is to put more stone on top instead of just pulling or killing the weeds. Eventually the drive builds up in thickness and can become a mowing hazard.
 
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