Take the Dirt Road, But Don't Take It with You! Controlling Dust on Your Private Driveway

Posted on: 15 June 2015

If you live in the country, you are probably no stranger to dirt roads and their byproduct--dust! Not only does dust make a mess on your car and cause visibility problems for people who are behind you on the road, but kicking up dust on your driveway is also breaking down the structure of the road itself. This can lead to frequent and expensive maintenance, such as grading and replacing lost gravel. Here are some ways to cut down on the dust while still maintaining the rustic look of your dirt road.

Choose your gravel wisely.

When you are installing a gravel or dirt road on your property, it is important to keep in mind that some types of aggregate (or gravel) are better than others. Higher quality, denser stones such as river stones generally hold up much better than softer rocks such as limestone. By choosing quality up front, there will be less of a chance that your gravel will disintegrate over time.

Start with a dust suppression system.

There are many different types of dust suppression products available on the market, and different ones are better depending on your local climate. However, one thing is important to keep in mind when using any type of dust suppression system. The better shape your road is in when it is applied, the more effectively the dust suppression product will work. By applying a dust palliative product to your driveway as soon as it is built, you will reduce the loss of dust and gravel on your road, making it require less frequent maintenance.

Take your time and enjoy the drive.

 Another way to reduce the amount of dust that you displace on your driveway is to drive slowly. Not only will this lower your chance of collecting dust and slinging rocks when pulling up to your house, but it will also be easier on your vehicle's suspension. Take your time. A mile of driving at a slower speed will not make that much difference in your ability to get to work on time, but it will increase the life of both your driveway and your vehicle.

Maintain your road annually.

Using quality gravel, driving slower, and applying a dust palliative will certainly decrease the time between necessary maintenance to your driveway. However, all gravel or dirt roads will eventually need to be re-graded and have gravel added. By taking the time to perform this maintenance annually, you can be sure that your dirt road will last for many years to come, and that you won't be taking your driveway with you every time you leave the house. For more information, talk to a professional like GMCO Corporation.