Marco Banks wrote:The Permaculture principle here is "Improve your land in order of greatest permanence."
What does this mean? Dig your swales and earthworks before you plant your trees . . . you want to put in the physical landscape that will last for decades/centuries BEFORE you plant the biological stuff that will last for years.
In applying this to your steep driveway, I would think that before you turn your attention on grading and surface fixes, you'll need to give serious attention to they hydrology of your site. Water run-off appears to be the biggest problem, so until you engineer drainage and such, you'll constantly find your roadway washing out.
The second permie phrase that comes to mind is "The problem is the solution". All that water! It looks like an opportunity if you can channel it in some meaningful way to provide the moisture that feeds an orchard or pond.
John C Daley wrote:As a road builder here are some questions and a web site that will give you some background information
bush track design
How long is your road?
When you say steep, what is the slope you are talking about?
The best equipment for road construction is a grader and a heavy roller.
John C Daley wrote:Thats more than a drive.
Thats a project, I have a box grader, I would not bother using it.
Its going to take a lot of time and maybe a lot of money.
Chad there's a big difference between "fixing a badly damaged driveway" and "maintaining" that repaired drive! You may need help getting this one working, but if you do all that rainwater management suggested, make sure you've got properly sized culverts where needed (the former owners of two bits of land we bought failed and we've got to decide how we're going to fix the problem soon), and then watch for trouble and fix it early, you may be able to maintain the drive for decades with basic tools.
Too bad though. I'd love to be able to maintain my driveway myself.