View Full Version : Another side job.. May be too big for me (18-20 yards of stone)

04-09-2002, 06:10 PM
Someone would like to have one inch (1") red stone installed around their pool area. This area is already landscaped with various plants and trees. It's approximately 1700 square feet of area. There is existing mulch.

The stone would be dumped approximately 20-25 feet from the closest section of the pool area. I don't see any way to negotiate the landscape with a tractor & bucket.. so it looks like a wheelbarrow.

Does the mulch need to be removed? Is it necessary to use fabric underneath?

How many man hours do you think?

I think this may be too much for myself to do.. ?

04-09-2002, 07:39 PM
within a reasonable amount of time.. that is.

04-09-2002, 09:54 PM
Well.... you wont get it done in reasonable time if you order that much stone, you'll spend more time returning the extra to the yard.

1700 sq ft @ 1" thick = 5.25 cu yards
Mulch can be mixed into the soil. I'd lay it on fabric so it doesn't drift into the soil. My Mom could install that in a small day.

04-09-2002, 10:02 PM
The size of the stone equals 1"

Depth will be ~ 2"

According to a calculator I will need 14.5 tons.

04-09-2002, 10:12 PM
BTW... is your mom a butch? ;)

04-09-2002, 10:20 PM
The question I have is what kind of red stone do they want? If it's that red lava rock then your looking at 10 tons, but if it's a red marble chip then your looking at 15 tons.

If it's red lava rock look at the smaller size. spreads much easier.

My book says it's 10.5 cu yds at 2"
5.25 at 1"

04-09-2002, 10:21 PM
14.5 ton is significantly less than 18-20 yards. @ 2" depth you would need 10.5 yards if the plants aren't included in the area, less if they are. Still doable in a short day by one guy.

My Mom is every bit a Lady. :D

04-09-2002, 11:31 PM
Thanks for the help..

Paul.. it's the stone not lava rock.

Mulch can be mixed into the soil.

Do you mean till it under? Is this process quicker & easier than raking it up?

As far as plants... Don't you put the rocks under and up to the base of the plant? Or leave rings around them?

04-10-2002, 12:01 AM
I trust that this stone isn't going in areas where bare-foot bathers would be walking.

04-10-2002, 12:07 AM
It's going around the pool... whether they walk on it.. is up to them :p

There is concrete patio around the pool.. this is going around that.

David Gretzmier
04-11-2002, 07:13 AM
10-20 yards of stone moved in a day by one person 25 ft, spread and cleaned up? that mom aint just butch, she's superman. I'd estimate 2 guys for a day with my toro dingo loader on stone and using the loader and rake cleaning up the old mulch for a half a day at least. by hand and wheel barrows, 2 guys , 2-3 days pulling out old mulch and stoned and cleaned up, old mulch dumped at shop or scompost facility. Dave g