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Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?

Bill

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Bill Wright wrote:
Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?

You can't really "stop this happening again", gravel (or similar)
drives need maintenance and 'stuff like soil' will always build up
over time.

Our gravel drive has become easier to keep weed free as it has become
more compacted (which does need fine material, whether sand or soil)
but, especially around the edges where it is still looser it needs
fairly regular weed killing.

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If you put down anti weed membrane and then at least 50mm of gravel on top this will not prevent soil (usually composted Leaves) from filling inbetween the individual gravel but it will prevent weeds from developing deep roots making them easy to remove either by pulling out or chemical gardening.

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On Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:29:14 UTC, Bill Wright wrote:
Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?

Bill


The only solution is tarmac.
I have blocks. Weeds grow in the cracks, need dealing with twice a year.
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On Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:29:14 UTC, Bill Wright wrote:
Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?


The only solution is tarmac.


Wrong, concrete works fine.

I have blocks. Weeds grow in the cracks, need dealing with twice a year.




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On Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:29:14 UTC, Bill Wright wrote:
Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?

Bill


you won't stop it happening.


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On 10/01/2019 13:29, Bill Wright wrote:
Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?


The moss is there because of poor drainage. Soil will invariably find
its way into the gravel by being wind borne dust and also breakdown of
leaves that fall on the path and get run over by vehicles.

Around 4" layer of limestone might be deep enough to drain cleanly. It
is much worse if the area is north facing and so stays wet for longer.

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Bill Wright Wrote in message:
Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?

Bill


Waste from Windscale mixed in with the new gravel?

Tarmac.
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Bill Wright wrote:
Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?

Bill

Pressure washer ?
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On 10/01/19 13:29, Bill Wright wrote:
Well, it isn't really gravel. It's limestone, mostly one inch lumps. The
limestone is a couple of inches deep, then there's six to nine inches of
rubble underneath. There's 187 sq metres. In places moss has grown. I've
killed the moss but under it the stone has a lot of soil mixed in,
somehow. I'll have to scrape all this off and put new stone down, but
how can I stop this happening again? I was wondering about waiting until
the dry weather and getting some sort of blow torch thing? Ideas?


You may have to forgo the DIY bit and get a pro in to spray the drive
with a specialist weedkiller and germination preventer. See, for
example, "Paradise" and "Chikara" he
https://www.progreen.co.uk/problem/driveway-weeds

It /might/ be possible for you to get some and DIY, but they aren't
cheap and the spraying will have to be repeated after 6 months.

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