I hope this question might be somewhere near to the right place. I am wondering- is gravel (or other material) really necessary on a drive? I have purchased an beautiful parcel with a looooooong drive (ROW). I'm in my late 20's without a great income or savings, and can't imagine investing in the installation and maintenance of a gravel drive. Right now I drive over grass and weeds, and it is only near the very end of the drive that there is some erosion happening (especially through a stone culvert built over a stream.
I have been unable to find- is there anything severely wrong with just continuing to drive in the grass? I imagine someday filling in the eroded spots and planting willow or some other erosion-preventing plant, and maybe doing my darndest to get wild strawberries over most of the surface area of the drive to prevent tall weeds and trees from taking root there. Any thoughts are appreciated. I live in Southern Vermont in the Green Mountains.