Driveway- Help with Gravel + Concrete

13 Apr 2012
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United Kingdom
Hi All,

I was hoping someone would be able to help me with a driveway query I have?

I have a 12ft X 12ft front garden. On the left hand side is concrete, on the right, paving slabs laid directly onto soil. In the middle is a raised path leading to the front door. (made out of concrete)

I have been looking into ways of making the front garden look neat without spending a lot of money.

It looks like Gravel is going to be the cheapest route.
Now, I know from reading other posts that laying gravel directly onto the concrete is a big 'no no' as the gravel will slip when driven or stepped upon, but is there a way of me laying the gravel without having to dig up all of the concrete?
(Doing this would equal costs in hiring tools plus man power that I just do not have!)

Would it be possbile to put a layer of soil or sand down first for the gravel to grip to? Or should some sort of adhesive be laid?

I know its not the best method, but what I am looking for is a way to make it look decent at the cheapest price... It only needs to last a couple of years.

I would really really appreciate any advice.


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Hi Nicola,

Well as gravel is normally layed on well-compacted hardcore anyway. I can't see any reason why you shouldn't just spread it over the concrete.

I laid some over some untidy paving at our house with no problems.

You can always give it a "bit of a rake" from time to time if it does move :)
I disagree. It is a very bad slip hazard when spread thin. Compacted hardcore has enough give to recieve extreme point loading as is the case with gravel.
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I have also tried it and have slipped, go spread it a bit thinner and try again.

Compacted sub-base is classed as a flexible surface ask any civils engineer.:cool:
Thanks for your replies! :D

Would applying a thing layer of soil to the surface be sufficient? Or even just breaking up the surface slightly?

I will be doing all of the work on my own you see, so the less physical exertion the better! :)

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