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Back in Black! … Driveway Makeover Reveal

This project is brought to you with help from Spectracide. All opinions are my own.
Asphalt Driveway DIY repair
I am finally ready to reveal the results of our DIY asphalt driveway makeover. We learned a bit along the way, and the results while not perfect are a huge improvement. The picture of my daughter above was taken about this time last year. As you can see the blacktop driveway was faded and cracked, and weeds were making themselves right at home.

Killing weeds in cracksThe “weedy” cracks were first treated with a good blast of Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer. A few days later the weeds were dead, making them easier to remove and ensuring they didn’t resprout while we were trying to get work done. The cracks were cleaned out and filled in with concrete or asphalt depending on location.

What was done since last update…

pressure washing driveway

I ended up buying a pressure washer. The small but sufficient unit we picked up, was only $20 more than a rental of one, and it made the driveway cleaning much easier.

asphalt patch application

While Dave had patched a good deal of the larger cracks earlier, there were still more to do, and smaller ones too, of course. Oil spots were scrubbed as well as possible, then coated with a product to help the blacktop sealer adhere. I topped off the whiskey barrel planters with moisture retaining soil and packed them full of French marigolds, before the final clean up for the sealer application.

recoating blacktop

Then I made scarce, and let Dave have all the “fun” of applying the blacktop sealer. I took the shot above while peeking on the progress from the second story window.

applying blacktop sealer

The driveway really sucked up the sealer since it hadn’t been done in so long. I had to run out halfway through application and get more pails.

driveway after resealing

We shouldn’t have any more trouble with weeds in the driveway itself, since the cracks are all filled now, but I will have to retreat the gravel beds surrounding the whiskey barrel planters with Spectractide Weed & Grass Killer on occasion. We will also be using the product to help with sprucing up the front side walk and to prep the area my daughter’s new swing set is going prior to putting down landscape fabric and mulch.

I would say that this is a project most DIYers could handle. Making sure the area is well cleaned and prepped is the most essential part of the project. If your driveway is in as rough a shape as mine was, budget for more sealer. You will probably need it.

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What projects are you working on this season, that Spectracide would be helpful on?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.