Short term fix for Muddy driveway

jamesbodellDecember 15, 2008

I am redoing the driveway in about 18 months when I rebuild my garage. The driveway was orginally 3/4 gravel when I moved in 3 years ago, but thats all gone. Now its just dirt, and when it rains, mud. The ground has a lot of clay in it.

Is there anything I can lay down or mix in to the surface dirt in the short term to fix this problem thats cheap. I was thinking about crusher run, or maybe topping mix/concrete? I am thinking I need to bind the layer, not cover it. I don't want this to be a big (or expensive) project.

The area to be treated is aboout 2 cars wide by 2 cars deep and slightly inclined, so there is some runnoff.

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Related thread over at the bah forum:

Here is a link that might be useful: mud

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 10:47AM
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Since you don't have a large area you could use compacted crusher run. It could be made longer lasting by first laying down fabric.

Another method that I've heard being used to consolidate driveways on construction sites was to grade the area, then spread dry portland cement over the area, right out of the bag. Till it in the top few inches, then compact it.

No need to add water, the moisture from the dirt will cause it to hydrate.


    Bookmark   December 16, 2008 at 11:13AM
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I was considering tilling in a bag of cement.

Anyone out there do this?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2008 at 12:09PM
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Whatever you put down eventually will probably need a decent base if you want it to last.

Put down some more gravel.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2008 at 8:34PM
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I would have it dug out to the depth of what it would
be for the final finished driveway. Then I would have
several inches of the crusher run spread on it. If it
is a wet or non-stable area, then a fabric first. Then
when you get ready to put on your asphalt, you will have
a good base and the work you did now will not have to
be wasted.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2008 at 9:43AM
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I think your best bet is to put a layer of geotextile fabric down and then some stone. The fabric will keep the soil from migrating into the stone and the stone will add to the base of paving surface when you get to it.

My 0.02.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2008 at 12:33PM
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