Using gravel for your driveway surface is an economical way to pave where your vehicles and equipment traverse and park.  However, if you live in an area prone to freezing like New Jersey, a gravel driveway requires a bit more preparation for winter than driveways made with asphalt or concrete.  Use the following tips throughout the year to keep your gravel driveway in place, level, and looking good.


Remove Leaves & Other Debris

When organic material like leaves, weeds, or branches are left to lie on your driveway, snow and ice will accumulate on top, creating a slippery surface for driving.  Melting snow and ice will then seep underneath the gravel.  When they inevitably refreeze, potholes and an unstable surface can result.  Take time regularly to rake and remove debris before any of this happens.


Grade Out Unevenness

Grading or raking is important in maintaining gravel surfaces in all weather and environments.  The stones in your gravel driveway will shift throughout the year, whether from heat or cold, rain or snow, or even dry, arid weather.  This can create runoff, ruts, or potholes on the surface of your driveway.  Aim to keep the surface smooth and stable throughout the year, but especially when preparing for the possibility of snow and using a snowplow or snow pusher.


Fill In Potholes

In winter, you may want to fill in potholes with more gravel, so you have an even surface for plowing or pushing snow.  While we don’t recommend it in maintaining a healthy gravel driveway throughout the year, it will work in a pinch.


Ensure Proper Drainage

Melting snow or ice can wash away gravel, or it can get underneath the gravel and create potholes.  If you have water that flows from gutters or other parts of your property, you may want to grade those areas to divert water away from your gravel driveway.


Use Markers

Stakes or poles inserted along both sides of your driveway will guide you in removing snow, helping to protect grassy or landscaped areas that flank either side.  There are many different types of markers on the market.  Take into consideration the average amount of snowfall in your area so you know how long your poles should be!


Maintain Snow Removal Equipment Regularly

There are many ways to move and remove snow from your gravel driveway.  Whether you use a snowplow, snow pusher, snow blower, or old-fashioned shovel, make sure your equipment is in good working order before the first snowflake hits the ground.  Inspect and test it periodically.  With year-round inspections and maintenance to troubleshoot any problem areas, your gravel driveway can stay in peak condition for years of winters.


Contact us

At Jun’s Pro Services, we have solutions for gravel driveways.  To help you decide if our solutions are right for you, we offer free estimates throughout our New Jersey service areas.  To schedule an appointment, contact Jun’s Pro Services by phone or email today!

Our masonry, concrete, hardscape, and paving experts serve all central and northern New Jersey including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Passaic, and Union Counties.  We specialize in custom design.  Address 55 Terrill Road, Plainfield, NJ 07062.


Contact us at 908-322-1533

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