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Restoring crushed stone?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Dave88LX, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    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!
  2. Bobcatter2

    Bobcatter2 LawnSite Member
    from 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.

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