The Green Industry's Resource Center

Old 08-12-2013, 12:59 PM
Dave88LX Dave88LX is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Red Lion, PA (York)
Posts: 129
Restoring crushed stone?

The area between my house and garage is mostly all 3/8" crushed blue stone except for a ~3' perimeter out from the house and garage where there were flower beds. I want to run the stone right up to the house and garage, nix the beds (long gone). I will dig out the dirt 3-4" and fill that in with stone.

The existing stone has been there quite a few years. Filled with decayed leaves/flakes, dirt, etc. Any good way to restore the existing stone? I'm going to put a thin layer over the existing to build it up in some areas, but, I'd like to get it cleaned out.

I wish I had a screen contraption to wash the dirt/sand out of the piles of crushed stone I have sitting off to the side!
Toro Super Recycler SR4
Echo SRM-225
Husqvarna 570BTS
Husqvarna 435
Super crappy yard
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2013, 10:30 AM
Bobcatter2 Bobcatter2 is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 21
I know this post is a bit dated..... I just found it. I've had good luck restoring gravel in my old homestead up north with a rototiller. I actually rototilled a friends driveway (probably 50 feet long) and it "fluffed" up the gravel and helped me rake out the potholes. The rototiller I had was a heavy duty rear tiller with a 11 hp engine - BCS was the brand. I set it to just go about an inch or two deep and idled it along which slowed the tines down quite a bit.
I also used a 4' x 4' drag harrow behind a garden tractor to drag a 300 ft driveway to "fluff" it up. Routinely use roundup to keep weeds from getting established.
Cleaning gravel - it's easy to make a screen, I've used two 8 ft 2x4s for the sides about 2 feet apart screwed together to make a rectangular box. Elevate one end about 4 feet. Attach "screen" to the bottom and shovel the gravel into that - as it slides down the junk will go through the screen-adjust the tilt to balance the speed with the mixed in junk so it falls through. The screen has to be strong, I used metal lath which has about 1/2 x 1/4 inch diamond shaped holes. Metal supply places sell flattened "steel expanded metal" in 10 or 11 gauge with different hole sizes.
Another method is to use a traditional cement mixer. Shovel the gravel in with lots of water and keep the hose running as it mixes, dump the water out and repeat.
Remember, that gravel is "there" somewhere, you don't have to keep adding it once you've created a good base.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Layout Style:

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Grand View Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:09 PM.

Page generated in 0.06569 seconds with 10 queries