Yet another Sod install question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by kenny6425, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. kenny6425

    kenny6425 LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 23

    I got a small sod install to do, but need some help with the site prep. I will be sodding both sides of a small driveway roughly 10 feet out on each side. Each side has very compacted gravel and slightly sloped. My question is what to do about the compacted gravel? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    i'd remove as much of the gravel as possible,(5 inches?) then add topsoil. use a box blade on a tractor and scrape the gravel out. dump the gravel in somebody's gravel driveway.
  3. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 699

    if the gravel is compacted very hard a box blade won't get it out. uni-loader it out. the sod wont grow to well if not removed. like sodding on concrete.
  4. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,413

    try a walk behind tiller to loosen the soil then add peatmoss or compost then lightly till again , rake and grade , then add sod .
  5. kenny6425

    kenny6425 LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 23

    Thank you all for the excellent information. I sincerely appreciate it.

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