I am replacing a garden at the end of my driveway with a place to park my truck. We are barefoot a lot so jagged gravel is not ideal. It's fairly level as is but I will level it a bit more. Also the HOA doesn't allow for "gravel" driveway but I can get away with decorative stone, as such looking at "rough" or "smooth" options.

ANYWAY... I am trying to figure out the best way to order the layers to get the best traction/wearability while still looking good. My thoughts were to lay the material in this order:

  • Ground (bottom)
  • Weed Block
  • Crushed Aggregate
  • Decorative Stone / Bricks (same level, sand under bricks)

I'm wondering though if I should put the aggregate UNDER the weed block for better errosion resitance in the soil and a better "Grab"... worried the week block will allow for slippage over time since the aggregate isn't integrated with the soil.

Also since my truck will rut out the decorative stones, I am going to place bricks in a decorative pattern with space between so the truck ideally deosn't even kick the stone but rolls over the brick for the most part. Is there anyway to keep these in place or is this a terrible idea? Picture below:

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And here is the space:

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Per the comments I will replace the Weed Block with one of these two GeoTextiles:

Geotextile 1 | Geotextile 2

  • Weed block - doesn't. You want geotextile (not weed block) under your stone to keep it from vanishing into the dirt underneath. It's fairly standard in modern "dirt roads" and does not cause slippage.
    – Ecnerwal
    May 8, 2023 at 13:29
  • Good call, I edited the question with 2 options I found. Would you suggest the "cloth" type or the "plastic" type (my uneducated observation). Also if I did this, would I still put aggregate under the smooth stone?
    – DigitalMC
    May 8, 2023 at 14:04
  • I'm not sure exactly what your question is.
    – FreeMan
    May 8, 2023 at 16:59
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    I don't think bricks spaced apart will work very well. Any reason you can't have bricks-in-sand with the bricks right next to each other? May 8, 2023 at 19:01
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    Yes, you can use those sort of brick/paver things instead of actual bricks. Pavers will often be thinner than regular bricks, though the thinnest are considered more for walkways than for driveways. Yes, you can do two strips of bricks (or pavers) for the tires and gravel or other stone in between and outside. A large area (a bit tougher with strips for just the tires) in sufficient sand should be quite stable. May 8, 2023 at 19:40

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In order, going down:

  • Pavers (probably want 2.5" thick for a driveway), with polymeric sand in the joints after laying. Pavers are usually actually concrete, not (clay) brick. No intentional space between the pavers.
  • Sand bedding layer, 0.5-1.0"
  • Geotextile
  • Gravel (sharp-edged—not rounded—either #57 stone or crusher run), 8-12" thick depending how soft your subgrade is. Compact as you can.
  • Geotextile
  • Subgrade (bare earth, compacted if you loosened it when excavating). You'll want to remove all topsoil and organic material; not clear if that's done in your pic.
  • This is great! Based on feedback I think I am moving away from bricks and going to use a gravel grid with slightly smoother stone (see link) -- If I did this, would the geogrid go over or under the sharp-edge gravel base? : amazon.com/BaseCore-Geocell-Stabilizer-Perfect-Pathways/dp/…
    – DigitalMC
    May 9, 2023 at 13:51
  • Do not recommend round pebbles for a wear surface. They do not stay in place. Unless you like finding them nearby and are willing to "top off" periodically. You could consider a geogrid with a grass surface if you can find a grass that grows in shade.
    – Huesmann
    May 10, 2023 at 12:21

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