What's the best way to build a driveway spot in your yard?
How can I make a turn around area or a circle area around a tree? What are the best materials? Pavers? Loose gravel? Stepping stones? Dirt? Etc....What will stay in place better?
I don't know what material is better. However make sure you check with the city before creating your driveway. Some municipalities have strict rules and regulations about making extra parking spots.
I would consult a contractor in this specialty field. As tarajeyaram says, there are so many permits and regulations that have to be covered prior to digging. We just had some bushes put in up front and the contractor had to present to a board, draw plans, submit a permit (all within three weeks) before we could begin the project. Having a turn around is a wonderful enhancement to any property and does add to the look of the home.
Loose gravel would be the cheapest, and would work fine but would require you to repair often , on the other hand paving would be the best , with a lot less maintenance, as for as rules , I don't think its any ones busyness if I wanted to put in a driveway or turn around, I fought a war for freedom and asking some morons permission to do something on my own property, isn't my idea of freedom. Sorry but that's the way I feel about it.
I wouldn't use asphalt for a front turnaround. It fades and discolors after awhile. Brick maybe, but good grouting would be needed. I would prefer stonework of some kind, personally. Yeah good grouting again, but it would blend with the stones better. Flowers? Will be there be a slightly raised flower bed around the tree? Yeah stone would mean an area for lawn chairs too in the evening.
Hi Victoria lynn,
I agree that gravel would be the lest expensive at first glance, but the best VALUE would be properly installed paving stones. They can support enormous weight, won't kick up and ding your car, can be easily removed for plumbing emergencies, and easily repaced one at a time if stained or damaged. They also look beautiful and will upgrade the look of property. Special sand is used for stability and to fill in the gaps between.
I'm just now getting back to this. LOL! Life is busy. About paving stones--can they be arranged in areas where there are some pretty large tree roots that I'm driving over?
These stones are usually professionally installed, but not always. Tree roots can often be safely "shaved down" to allow for a more even surface.
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