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Welcome to our Head Gardener’s Journal

In this monthly column, we will share technical aspects of our work and also keep you up to date about ongoing projects. If there is any topic you might want to hear more about, please ask during your next visit!

Maintaining Gravel Drives

Gravel is an aesthetically pleasing surface for garden paths and driveways. It does, however, require a fair bit of effort to maintain the desired ‘crisp’ appearance.

Gravel on main drive

To create a solid surface and to prevent skidding, the gravel on all paths at Morton Hall is only one layer deep. This means that it does not take a lot of traffic on the path before the substructure becomes exposed.

For regular maintenance purposes, the gravel is raked with a three-pin rake attached to a tractor rake. 

Raking gravel with a harrow.

Every few years, however, a more drastic overhaul is required when the surface looks very patchy and a lot of mud has seeped in between the pebbles.

Worn-down, muddy gravel

As a first step, the mixture of gravel and mud is scraped off with a digger.

Scraping off the gravel

Next, new gravel is dumped on the surface and raked out by hand

Creating a new gravel surface

As a final touch, the gravel is compacted using a vibrating roller, which can be used even by the youngest member of the garden team!

Compacting the gravel