Snow management for the ignorant
February 23, 2008 11:17 AM Subscribe
Is it necessary or worthwhile to remove the snow from my crushed-stone driveway? If so, how?
posted by JMOZ to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
This might be an incredibly obvious question, but please bear with me; until now, I've lived my whole life in warmer climates. This past summer, my wife and I moved to Delaware and bought a house. Our driveway is crushed stone/gravel.
Like the rest of the east coast, we got some snow in the past few days. Fortunately, it wasn't very much, and the gravel seems to provide plenty of traction. Nonetheless, we still have a few questions about snow management.
1. Is it a bad idea to just leave the snow and assume that we will get good traction from the stone? So far, so good: no ice problems. Are we asking for trouble?
2. Is there any sort of unspoken etiquette rule about clearing your driveway? I don't want to annoy our very nice neighbors if there is, but we just have no clue. They've all cleared their driveways already, but they all have asphalt. For what it's worth, we're on the end of the street.
3. Eventually, we're inevitably going to get a bigger snow. Does anyone know a good way to remove snow from a crushed stone driveway? Shoveling doesn't seem to work very well since we end up moving the snow around. Someone suggested a snowblower, but we were afraid that (a) that might be real overkill and (b) we'd end up throwing stones around. My current plan is to shovel off the top layers of snow and leave an inch or two, but I'm certainly open to better ideas.
4. So far, we've been avoiding salt because we don't want it to get everywhere or kill all the plants around our house. At what point should we actually salt the driveway?
5. Should we think about replacing the stone eventually? Are there big advantages or disadvantages of which we might be ignorant?