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Couple questions on sandy soil...

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by djmn, May 2, 2007.

  1. djmn

    djmn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    So I just excavated about 500 sq ft for a paver patio. The house was new construction a year and a half ago. The soil is really sandy and the mini skid tore it up pretty good.
    Whats the best way to compact the area before I start putting down the base? Should I wet the area before using the plate compactor? Right now it would be like trying to run a plate compactor over a beach.
    Also, the local supplier here says theres no real need for geotextile since the soil is sandy and it's only going to be used for foot traffic. Do you guys agree?
  2. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    I agree on the geotextile.

    if it is dry sand then wetting it will help. We have very sandy soils on Cape Cod and another trick we use is putting down an inch of dense grade to add a little integrity to the soil.
  3. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    Personally, I'd put down the geo-tex. It's cheap insurance, and it certainly won't hurt anything....

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