Photo by Salt Water New England

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Shell Driveways

Photos by Salt Water New England
New England shell driveways are a more environmentally friendly alternative to gravel.  Since colonial times, shell driveways use what would otherwise be a seafood waste product. 

Containing no toxins and renewable, the oyster, clam, scallop shells provide excellent low-maintenance drainage and their calcium works its way into the soil for plants as they break down.  And because of this, they do need to be replenished often.





 

7 comments:

  1. Had never even thought about the benefits of the shells. Thanks!
    (Love the windswept-hair photo.)

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  2. I live in Maryland and we have a fair number of shell driveways. My dog loves them. He picks up the shells and carries them around on our walks.

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  3. I love the look of shell driveways. It's something we don't have here in Michigan - I doubt many Michiganders know they exist. Although I've never driven on one, I can imagine they make a charming sound as the tires crunch over the shells.

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  4. I appreciate shell driveways, but they can certainly cut up bare feet.

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  5. Eek! You’re right. Bare feet are made for green grass.

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  6. New England at it's best! Thank you so very much!

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  7. shell driveways..beautiful indeed, although with heavy New England snow falls....snowplowing driveways can be problematic. btw....having grown up in Buffalo......I know about winter and snow!

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