Reduce The Amount Of Dust That You Encounter While Driving Over A Gravel Surface On Your Property

Posted on: 18 May 2016

If you recently had a new gravel driveway installed on your property, but dust gets onto your vehicle whenever you drive over it, the following tips will help reduce the amount of dry particles that you encounter. After using the tips and once the dust settles, the gravel will continue to provide plenty of traction while driving and you won't be inconvenienced by dust particles any longer.

Rinse The Gravel Surface Off When Weather Conditions Are Dry

During dry conditions, dust particles may settle on the driveway's surface and blow around whenever weight is applied to the gravel pieces. Lightly spraying gravel off with a water hose will reduce the amount of dust that is present. If the gravel pieces seem to dry out quickly and it is inconvenient for you to add water to them several times a day with a hose, install a water sprinkler near the driveway and program it to turn on at regular intervals to keep the gravel pieces damp.

Install Fencing Or Plant Small Trees Or Shrubs

A fence that contains wide slats or small trees or shrubs will block heavy winds which could contribute to excessive dust. A border that outlines the gravel driveway may also add beauty to your property and clearly define the area used to park vehicles. Hire a fencing specialist to install a fence that is durable and easy to maintain.

Otherwise, purchase a variety of young trees and shrubs and plant them on both sides of the driveway. Space the trees or shrubs out evenly down the length of the driveway. Water the new additions on a regular basis to assist with healthy growth.

Hire A Contractor To Apply Calcium Chloride

Calcium chloride is a crystalline salt that is used to treat unpaved surfaces in order to prevent blowing dust particles. Calcium chloride will help a gravel surface retain moisture and the salt pieces will blend in well with gravel pieces. The salt will bind the pieces of gravel and dust, forming a protective barrier. It is also a useful agent that will prevent icy conditions during the winter time. A paving contractor can assist with the application of calcium chloride. This type of salt is environmentally safe and will not need to be reapplied for several years.

All of these ideas will help preserve the appearance of the driveway on your property and may reduce the number of times that you need to clean your vehicle's body because of dirty particles that stick to its surface. For further assistance, contact local road dust control professionals.