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March 5, 2012
3:46 AM

Post #9030324

I have recently had a new concrete driveway put into my front garden.
Unfortunately it is surrounded by crab apple, pine and liquid amber trees and
they make a horrible mess spoiling the appearance of my once pristine grey drive!!

I'm tired of trying to sweep it every day or hosing it down - can anyone suggest an alternative way to
keeping it looking reasonably clean.

Thank you.

Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

March 5, 2012
6:27 AM

Post #9030512

Remove/replace the trees?

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Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2012
7:19 AM

Post #9030579

If you're just looking for an easier way to clean off the drive you could try a leaf blower, that may at least be faster than the methods you're using today. That won't keep it clean for any longer, it'll just make it easier/faster to clean it. The other approach is to relax a bit and not worry about keeping it perfectly clean--once the newness & excitement over the drive fades a bit more you'll probably find yourself naturally letting it go a bit and not worrying so much if there's a little bit of stuff on it. To yardener's point, as long as the trees are there they're going to drop stuff--fall when the crabapple & Liquidambar shed their leaves will probably be the messiest time of year, but there'll always be something.
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 5, 2012
12:29 PM

Post #9030992

get a battery powered leaf blower and keep it charged and ready. Or, if there are no water-restrictions etc. where you live, a 'water broom' could work too.

March 6, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #9032560

Thank you all for your helpful replies.

I don't know what costs are like where you live but in Australia, where I am, the price for
cutting down a 60ft. pine tree would be enormous!

I think the leaf blower might be the way to go, thank you.

We have a Bunnings down the road from me, so I will go and have a look

Best wishes from "Down Under".

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