How to fix potholes in a gravel or dirt driveway

posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Blog

Do you have a gravel driveway with potholes that rattle your vehicles suspension whenever you leave or come home for the day? These potholes are not only an annoyance, but can cause costly damage to your car and if not taken care of will just keep getting worse over time.

Luckily, there are simple ways to fix these potholes that you can do with a few hand tools and the help of your John Deere tractor.

The tools you will need to fix these potholes, are a good landscaping rake, shovel, tamper, course gravel, a gravel or dirt mix that matches your driveway,  and of course your John Deere tractor with a loader or if you don’t have that, a John Deere lawn tractor with a 7P cart will do.

Step 1: You will need to use your shovel to dig about 3 inches beneath the pothole

Step 2: Fill the area beneath the pothole with the course gravel that you have picked up with your John Deere loader or hauled with your 7P cart.

Step 3: Once you have a course gravel base, it is now time to use the tamper to pack the course gravel together and make a hard base before filling with your driveway material.

Step 4: Use your John Deere loader or 7P cart to bring enough of the driveway material to the area that needs to be filled.

Step 5:

  1. If you have a dirt driveway, you will need to fill the remaining hole and create a mound about 3 inches above the hole, wet the dirt and tamp with the tamper until flat and packed. You may need more dirt if the dirt settles and is not level.
  2. If you have a gravel driveway, fill the hole with gravel that matches both the color and size of material. You will want to overfill about 1” and use a landscape rake to rake smooth with the rest of the driveway.

Step 6: You will want to drive over the fixed pothole a few times with either your John Deere tractor, or car to help all of the material set into place and create a seal.

Want more great tips on how to maintain your property? View our other Frontier Ag & Turf Blogs, or visit the John Deere Tips Notebook to learn how you can do almost anything on your property with your John Deere tractor.