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The appearance of your home's front yard and parking areas can be an area of concern for you as a homeowner, especially after a harsh season of winter weather. Freezing temperatures, blowing winds, and snowfall clean-off can leave your gravel and asphalt paved areas in need of some clean up and repair to get them back to looking spiffy. Here are some tips to help you get your front yard's parking areas cleaned up and prepared for a new season of use.
After snow and ice have melted from your asphalt, it can be common to find that any cracks left in the fall have grown larger and formed potholes. Repeated freeze and thaw patterns can do serious damage to an asphalt surface, especially if you neglected to complete any necessary crack repair in the fall.
Use a pressure washer or a broom and your garden hose to clean off the asphalt paving so you can inspect its condition. Remove debris and large chunks of asphalt from inside cracks and holes to find out the extent of the damage. This cleaning also prepares the asphalt for repairs that will need to be made to prevent further damage. You can complete some crack and pothole repairs yourself by using asphalt patching material, which you can buy in bags, or you can call a local asphalt company to complete the repairs. An asphalt company can use fresh hot mix asphalt to fill cracks and holes.
Gravel makes an attractive parking area in your yard, but during winter it can succumb to the work of the elements and end up pushed out of place and thinning in some areas. It is important to replace any gravel that has been moved, such as from winter snow removal, to keep your gravel paving layers built up for stability to your vehicles. When gravel becomes thin in areas, dirt can work its way up and leave your parking area muddy during wet weather and dusty during dry.
Use a garden rake or a bobcat, depending on the severity of the gravel movement, to replace the gravel onto your maintained parking area. To fill in any low spots in your gravel, you should supplement it with new gravel. You can order new gravel from a landscaping company, or buy it bagged from a home improvement business to fill in your thinning gravel surface. If your gravel area is larger, you may consider having a supply of gravel on your property to use for filling in any holes that form in your gravel surface.