chips or stones? how do you lay stones

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bigjeeping, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Gave an esimate for 15 yards of woodchips ($85/yd installed) for "ground cover" in this guy's backyard. He wants to go with me but then wanted an estimate for laying stone down instead so that he wont have to re-mulch every year.

    I've never worked with stone...... would I first lay down a plastic lining then put the stone on top? How many inches of stone? Are there any names for stone mixes that would work?

  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    By us the common decorative stone is:

    3/4" & 3/8" Barn Red Stone

    1" & 1-3" Delaware River Rock

    Pea Gravel---not sure on the size but white & yellow in color...I never deal with it.

    I don't lay plastic down I use a good landscape fabric. Plastic won't let the water drain through...unless you pole holes through it and then it kinda defeats the purpose of the weed barrier.
  3. QCS

    QCS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    We usually till the beds, Preen then depending on customers request, we apply a weed barrier. Our most common stone install is 3/4" red stone or 1"-2" river rock. Most of our customers usually decline the fabric and apply weed/grass killer as needed.
  4. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 344

    we have tons of different kinds of rock around here.. i would go with 2-3 inches of rock and charge double the labor you figured for your mulch..

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