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Decomposed Granite Smell?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Gene $immons, Oct 5, 2003.

  1. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    I have a patio extension which is a layer of decomposed granite on bottom, and larger rock on top.

    I keep smelling a real bad odor from the area. Is this the decomposed granite?

    Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  2. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Posts: 229

    Ive never noticed a smell coming from using decomposed granite, at least I cant smell it over me.
  3. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    Granite does not smell. The term decomposed is not the same as rotted, but just weathered to a point of crumbling.

    It may be from trapped moisture or other burried organic material like vegetation, animal, or ex-wife/husband. But, probably not the granite.
  4. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    Thanks for the replies,

    The smell remains a mystery.

    Maybe its just me:eek:
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    I know when I have ground granite brought in for a base its a mixture of lime and granite and it stinks like tar for a couple of weeks.
  6. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 791

    Nup.............done lots of paths out of decomposed granit and no smells at all???

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