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Couple questions on sandy soil...


LawnSite Member
Minneapolis, MN
So I just excavated about 500 sq ft for a paver patio. The house was new construction a year and a half ago. The soil is really sandy and the mini skid tore it up pretty good.
Whats the best way to compact the area before I start putting down the base? Should I wet the area before using the plate compactor? Right now it would be like trying to run a plate compactor over a beach.
Also, the local supplier here says theres no real need for geotextile since the soil is sandy and it's only going to be used for foot traffic. Do you guys agree?


LawnSite Bronze Member
I agree on the geotextile.

if it is dry sand then wetting it will help. We have very sandy soils on Cape Cod and another trick we use is putting down an inch of dense grade to add a little integrity to the soil.