A few weeks ago, I posted pictures of the first steps of reclaiming my classic Old Florida style crushed shell driveway. I love the look of this type of driving/parking area but there are two problems, only one of which can be solved. The un-solvable problem is that this type of surface is a BEAR to walk on in BARE feet. It hurts, plain and simple.
The solvable problem is that weeds and grass tend to creep in over time. The longer you go between spruce-ups like this one, the worse it gets. That’s why I was happy to get the chance to try out some Weed and Grass Killer from Spectracide. As you can see in the picture here… the stuff works!
Once the grass was good and dead, and I had gone back and hit any spots I missed the first time around, we were ready to spread the new layer of shell. The thicker the shell, the more difficult it will be for more grass and weeds to come back. But thicker shell is also more expensive, of course.
One cubic yard of crushed seashells cost me about $50.00 at a local bulk supplier. I get the feeling that I could have shopped around and found a slightly better price, but probably not by much and since I rented a truck to haul the material myself, the closest location made the most sense. (I rented the truck because I had a couple of rusted grills to haul to the dump as part of the grill area restoration, which is the other half of my weed killing rampage… I paid the same for the truck rental as I would have for the shell delivery and was able to knock out two birds with one $30.00 stone)
I’m currently basking in the too temporary glow of having a teenage son at home who is as big and (almost) as strong as me and can do the heavy lifting for the Old Man. Until I get impatient and take over anyway, which happens. I’m a total control freak. It’s a sickness.
In the end, the driveway came out great and, as with almost every other home improvement project I ever do, I ended up wondering why I waited so long to take care of it.
This time I’ll keep the rest of the spray bottle of Spectracide close at-hand so I can immediately annihilate any little spots of green that have the audacity to make themselves known. When I do, I’ll just have to wear some shoes… nothing in the world can make this stuff nice to walk on barefoot. (although it provides a great opportunity to try to learn the whole “pain is a state of mind” mind-over-pain trick, which amazingly does work to some extent)
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