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Gravel driveway.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chefdrp, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    I have a customer that has a gravel drive that is like 4000 sq/ft . There are alot of weed grown in them. He wants them killed. What is the best way and how much of the stuff might i need. What would you charge to do this? They will be putting new gravel down later.
  2. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,143

    use gas and then light it.
  3. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    Just spray it with Round-Up. If he is putting down new gravel anyways, just take your trimmer and hack down anything that is really sticking up, besides that you shouldn't have to do anything.
  4. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,194

    chef, are you licensed for doing this type work?
    Being as it is this late in the season, and the fact that new gravel is planned, why not just use trimmer as best as possible for now. Just be very careful what direction your trimming in, make sure exit path isn't pointed at something brealable, or people.
  5. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    I use the Lesco three-way broad leaf herbicide & it works great for gravel drives and rock gardens/borders. If I spray 3.5 gallons (one back pack sprayer full) = $40 for about 25-30 min. of work. Of course, be very careful if you plan on line trimming over it especially if it's pea gravel. On one particularly bad property I had, I line trimmed the weeds down & then sprayed. This was over large gravel (palm sized). Worked great. Then I sprayed it again 2 weeks later to get straglers. Cleaned it right up. The homeowners went out a week after the 2nd app. & pulled up dead roots. This was their alternative to doing a re-install of the rock beds (old, rocks a little thin).

    Under the "organic forum" I saw some talk of using vinegar. Very interesting. Worth reading.
  6. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    thanx guys love the help you all give.
  7. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Posts: 1,647

    If your going to spray the gravel with what ever.

    Might want to add Surflan to your mix. Surflan is orange in color, more importantly it is a pre-emergent. Or any other liquid or wetable powder pre-emergent.
  8. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    Just for my interest, do you lot need a license to spray Round-Up? Over here, anyone can get it everywhere, even the food supermarkets and hardware stores. Just interested is all!
  9. drobson

    drobson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    Mick you can get roundup here anywhere too, but to be paid to apply it you need a license. Homeowners can use it on their own property without one.
  10. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    same in michigan,even to use preen we have to be certified to be payed to do this..

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