Gravel driveway owners that live in locations where it snows likely understand that they will inevitably be faced with pieces of gravel spread across their lawn after they’ve cleared their driveway. Whether you’ve cleared snow with a snowblower, shovel, or another type of snow removal tool, the pieces of gravel that have been displaced will need to be returned back to the driveway before spring mowing occurs.
Here are a few steps you should take to remove gravel from your lawn once the snow melts this winter (or spring).
- Attach a rotary broom to your equipment
- Set the broom height
- Set the broom angle
- Take multiple passes
1. Attach a Rotary Broom to Your Equipment
Whether you own a riding mower, utility tractor, or piece of compact construction equipment, John Deere offers a number of rotary broom options. Thanks to Deere’s quick attachment systems, the brooms can be put on or taken off equipment without the need for tools.
2. Set the Broom Height
You want to make sure you set the broom height low enough to sweep up the gravel that’s sitting down in the lawn. However, be careful to not set the height of the broom too low, as fast rotating bristles could damage your grass.
3. Set the Broom Angle
After you’ve set the broom to a height that will move the gravel without damaging the grass, it’s time to adjust the broom’s angle. Always be aware of the driveway’s location as you’re operating your equipment and keep in mind that the gravel should always be pushed back towards the driveway, where it belongs.
4. Take Multiple Passes
Much like clearing snow from your driveway, you likely won’t be 100% successful in a single pass. If needed, go back over the areas that you’ve covered two or three times to ensure you’ve removed each piece of gravel. Doing so will leave your lawn gravel-free, and you won’t have to worry about gravel damaging mower blades when it comes time to mow this spring.
Contact your local John Deere dealer if you need assistance in deciding which rotary broom is right for your equipment.