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Driveway on a half shell. Photo by Michaela Tomko.

An Oyster Shell Driveway

A native Vermonter friend of mine is down visiting her friend Lisa in Charleston, SC for the week. She sent back this picture of Lisa's gravel driveway, which is "maintained" by the landlord.

As you can see in the picture, "maintain" means dumping oyster shells over the stone base, to be crushed by the repeated passing over of cars.

Oyster shell driveways are not something you see everyday, particularly if you don't live along the coast. They used to be a common practice in New England in the early 1900s, and the material is still used by homeowners looking to capture that seaboard essence. You can find bags of crushed oyster shells in some feed stores and home improvement stores, or online. Its uses range from chicken feed to bocce courts--and, apparently, as cheap fill-in for South Carolina driveways.

Unfortunately, I don't think this particular scenario casts oyster shell driveways in the most flattering of lights. I'd be interested to see a more aesthetically appealing application of the recycled waste shells.

Do you have oyster shells as part of your landscape design? Tell us about it.


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shell roads in louisiana

04/02/2010 04:07 PM greatredrock

not only oyster shell driveways, but in louisiana there are oyster shell parking lots and oyster shell roads. directions to a friends house might include . . . "turn right on the shell road just before the levee . . ."

and the oyster shells at feed stores are more a supplement for chickens than a "feed". it improves the quality of the egg shells.

oh you city boys . . .


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WOW...I know where in Jersey you can get these

04/02/2010 09:44 PM dalecrissey

Millville, NJ. I was raised there (not my fault my folks moved there). Anyway there's a "Gordon's Seafood" right off Orange St. Man I will tell you once the odor leaves it dose make a great driveway (Wear shoes though)

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Oyster Shells; Tabby Shells; Oyster Tabby; Oysters

08/18/2010 02:55 PM bpearce

Our company sells washed, cleaned, crushed, bagged Oyster shells and Scallop shells for driveways, concrete, stucco applications, etc. We can ship anywhere in the USA and will be glad to send samples. They come in four different sizes. Here is our information:

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