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bulk decorative stone

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by scarr133, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. scarr133

    scarr133 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    I have an HOA that has a center island just as you enter the neighborhood which is approx 2500 Sq. Ft. (250 ft. long X 10-12 ft. wide). They want a bid for removing the current mulch and grass, which there isn't much grass at all, and a price for installing RIVER ROCK in the whole island. There are also about 30 small bushes and 15 ornaments grass in the island, all of which will need removed. I will be using a bobcat/front end loader to remove everything and to place the river rock. Any help with this bid and bulk stone conversions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    Hopefully this was enough info on the job!
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Figure ~1.5 ton of stone (ex. 1" River Rock) will get you one cubic yard. I believe the more precise is 1.3 ton per yard. At 2500 ft2 and assuming a depth of 4 inches yields 830 ft3 or 30 yd3 or about 45 ton of stone. I would figure YOUR cost would be anywhere from 25-40/ton. Probablly about two tandem loads (20-25Ton) will do the trick. Assuming 30/ton thats about 1350 your cost...assuming there is no delivery. Could be another 100 or so bucks per delivery.

    My question would be what are you doing with all the earth that needs to be removed?
  3. scarr133

    scarr133 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    I have a dump trailer to dump it off site. I have about 5 miles to drive there, and their fees are $18 a ton, I think.
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    They probably mean big river rock,that's what I would use.Also I would dig and save and repot and sell those Ornamental grasses..they aren't cheap ya know,or I would plant them somewhere.Can't really give you a price though cuz stone has really gotten high priced around here>It depends.
    You will need some of that soil to fill the holes left when you pull out the plants too don'e forget.
  5. scarr133

    scarr133 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    how much would you guys charge to pull out the bushes? Most of them would come out fairly easy, less than probably 5 minutes each bush. The ornamentals are a little less friendly to remove.
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    About 3.00 to 5.00 a bush depending on how big they are .
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    okay, can't sleep and snows on its way so here it goes...

    Stone Cost: $1600
    Weed Fabric: $300
    Shrub/Earth Removal: $225 for operator (3 hrs), plus $300 rental.
    Laying Weed Fabric/leveling sight: $70 (2 men/2hrs)
    Removal/Dump Fee: $300/10yds-'fill' dirt only
    Stone Distribution: $600 for operator (8hrs for 45 tons...not sure on this estimate never done that amount before)
    Miscellaneous: $100
    Cleanup/DumpTime/Materials/Estimate/Etc: $150

    I dunno my guestamit is about 3700...maybe more if renting the machine for more than one day, assuming you don't have one. okay, back to trying to get some shut eye.
  8. scarr133

    scarr133 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277


    Thanks for the reply and info. That helps a lot. I need to check to see what I can get the stone for before I do anything else.
  9. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Don't forget about the maintenance when you are finished with all that river rock. All the trash it's going to collect along with dust, dirt and weeds. You will need a weekly maintenance schedule to keep it looking good, or all your effort will reflect poorly.

  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    the rock will be easier to maintain than a planted/turf area...

    as for coverages
    here we have two types, 1-2" and 3-5'.. the 1-2 gets about 100sqft/yd, the 3-5 is about 75 sqft..

    a large area of the 1-2 does not look that goodwe usually scatter the 3-5's and then fill with 1-2.. this way the larger rocks are not just sitting on top. they look burried.

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