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

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lawn-Scapes, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.. ?
     
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    within a reasonable amount of time.. that is.
     
  3. diginahole

    diginahole LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    The size of the stone equals 1"

    Depth will be ~ 2"

    According to a calculator I will need 14.5 tons.
     
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    BTW... is your mom a butch? ;)
     
  6. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
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    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"
     
  7. diginahole

    diginahole LawnSite Member
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    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
     
  8. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks for the help..

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

    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?
     
  9. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I trust that this stone isn't going in areas where bare-foot bathers would be walking.
     
  10. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.
     

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