Sweep out loose debris, dust, rocks—if it’s not fixed to the road, your patch won’t be either. (Water can stay).
Fill the pothole to one inch above the surrounding surface. For craters deeper than four inches, apply EZ Street in two-inch lifts, compacting each layer before applying the next.
Shovels work. Tamps are good too. But the easiest method is simply driving over the repair a few times until it’s just about level with the road. Traffic will provide secondary compaction.