Gravel drives require special attention during the winter to make sure they will be intact when spring thaws the ground. These necessary steps can be different than for paved roads due to the unique surface of the material. Here is some advice for caring for your gravel driveway to keep it safe all winter long.
4 Winter Care Tips for Unpaved Roads
1. Perform Frequent Snow Removal or Packing
Don’t wait to plow your gravel driveway until the snow stops falling. Instead, do a few swipes every hour or so to make it easier because the snow will weigh less. Or, some people pack the first few inches of snow by driving over it to create a smooth surface that is easy to plow.
2. Protect the Crown
Gravel drives have a crown, or tallest point, that runs down the middle of the lane. Always plow one side of the lane and then the other to keep this point intact and promote the best drainage.
3. Keep Snow Piles Out of the Lane
Make sure to push snow piles as far out of the lane as possible to prevent them from becoming a safety hazard. By leaving several feet between these piles and the driving area, you’re accounting for the way the piles will flatten and spread as the melt and refreeze.
4. Add Sand
Instead of investing in a lot of salt to keep your gravel drive safe during the winter, spread sand to add texture to icy roads. This method is less impactful on the environment because it doesn’t contain chemicals that can harm livestock or leach into the water table.
Home and land owners in need of gravel, sand, or aggregate materials should contact LaSalle Sand & Gravel in Flathead, MT, to learn about their same-day delivery. The team has offered excavation, clearing services, area prep and landscaping supplies for 15 years. Call (406) 756-9070 for a free estimate or ask about information on their experienced technicians and flexible delivery times.