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Anyone use Allan Block Garden Accent?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by MDLawn, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    Just wanted opinions. They say to use only 2" for the base. These stones do not retain anything just make a border. Any opinions on the 2" of base stone versus 6" for retaining walls? Would this cause the border to shift? Again I am in the northeastern part of the states so lots of freeze/thaw. Any opininons or actual use of these would be appreciated.
     
  2. klaf

    klaf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    I would put way more than a 2 inch base. I'm northern ontario so I have to deal with a lot of freeze thaw as well and you can't always go by what they say. Do what works best in your climate. I wish I could get away with 2 inches of base, or even six for that matter.

    In my opinion if you only put a two inch base you will be back to fix it next year. i use allan block all the time and always have atleast 2 feet of good solid base.
     
  3. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    Wow 2 feet! Even just for a little border wall. I even attended an Allan Block training, it was up here in the northeast, and they never talked about using more than 6-8".
     
  4. klaf

    klaf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    well maybe not for a 1 course border wall but i would still go down atleast a foot. The thing is a lot of those allan block reps just now the literature that is provided to them and not what actually works best

    The 2 to 3 feet of base is generally for the retaining walls that we do
     

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