How to Correctly Make a Gravel Driveway

Gravel driveways can be attractive and durable.
Gravel driveways can be attractive and durable. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Gravel driveways are practical, and may be an attractive addition to your home's outdoor landscaping. There is more to building a gravel driveway than throwing some gravel on the ground. A properly built gravel driveway has multiple layers in the construction, but the end result is worth the time and effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Landscape cloth
  • Scissors
  • Medium-grade gravel
  • Fine-grade gravel
  • Heavy rake

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Dig out the area where the driveway will be located to a depth of 4 inches. Dispose of the dirt with a wheelbarrow.

Line the bottom of the excavated area with landscape cloth. Roll out the cloth and cut it to fit the width of the driveway, then overlap the first length by two inches with the next strip.

Lay 3 inches of medium gravel on the bottom of the excavation. Rake the gravel so it's smooth. Plan on .3 cubic feet of grave for each square foot of surface area.

Top off the medium gravel with fine-grade gravel. Rake it smooth to match the surface of the surrounding area. Plan on .1 cubic foot of gravel for each square foot of surface area that needs covered.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need to excavate a large area, it may be worthwhile to rent a small backhoe.


  • "Step-by-Step Landscaping (Better Homes & Gardens Gardening)"; Better Homes & Gardens; 2007
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