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Gravel Parking Area

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mike33087, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. mike33087

    mike33087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I am going to install a gravel parking area at my shop to put the trucks and trailers on to keep them out of the mud when it rains.

    What I was wondering was, Do I need to create a base out of (lint pack) or crushed stone first and tamp in down level? Or can I just put in a couple yards of gravel 4 - 6 inches thick? I really want this to be a small quick job as Im not making money off it, just trying to keep the trucks cleaner! Thanks in advance guys and girls
  2. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    Don't worry about a base layer, just lay the gravel down. You may have to refresh it every year or few years, but its nothing major.

    I've found 3/4" works nicely if you plan on walking on it alot, it packs down relatively smooth pretty well.
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    The easiest fix in the long run is to do the job properaly the first time. If you have a "mud" problem now, you need to remove the mud material and put in a base. I use a "road base " material that consists of 3/4" traprock and the dust and excess material that comes off the crusher. Put it down in 3-4" layers and let it pack down before adding more. When its done right, its almost like blacktop.
  4. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 1,291

    I agree use a road base and its not bad price either..

    Dont use a round stone like 57's cause it dosent pack.

    Also We put down Geo Grid on new drives

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