Help! Spreading gravel on driveway...

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by A1 Grass, Nov 15, 2002.

  1. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    I have a customer who wants pea-gravel spread on a (6000sq.ft.?) driveway. Has anyone done this? I will be using the help of 1 or 2 people... is it do-able or are we stupid to do it by hand?
  2. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Ever heard of a slinger truck? Its a rock truck with a high speed conveyor out the back, like a cement truck. It can distribute the load back and forth. All you would have to do is rake out the high spots. two hours and you are gone. Unless you are just looking for something for your guys to do.

  3. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Slinger truck

  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    If you could get a slinger truck, that would work. Is it worth renting equipment for? If they'd let you, get a tractor with a decent sized rear blade, or a Bobcat if you're good with one. I've never graded with a Bobcat so I don't know how well one would grade with a bucket, but if you had the grader attachment, that would be perfect.
  5. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Messages: 554

    On the final grade, you could make a drag out of a peice of stiff metal fencing, like the stuff with 2-4" squares. Bend it a little, maybe add weight, and drag it behind your lawn mower. Ive done it at my freinds house with a quad to bring the gravel up, and regrade it all. It looks nice when your done.
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I'd say it would be stupid to do it by hand. I'm guessing you're gonna need like 40 or 50 tons of stone. That's a lot of stone to push around by hand. I have the trucker gate-spread the stone, then back blade with the front end loader on my tractor.
  7. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    around here you can rent a skid loader for $100.00 for 4 hours . im sure it is probly pretty much the same where you are at
  8. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    Why Pea-Gravel? I've never done drive way work but I wouldn't think pea gravel would be the best choice if it's going to driven on. Or is it just me?
  9. The Mowerdude

    The Mowerdude LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I agree. I know that if this is what your customer wants, you really need to give it to him, but I gotta say, I hate pea gravel for drives. It looks nice from a distance, but it never "settles in." It stays loose forever. It gets spread over into areas where you don't want it. I've got it my own driveway. It was there when I moved in and I really don't like it at all.
  10. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    We use a Kubota with a york rake attachment when spreading 3/4" gravel over existing drives. Don't know if it would work with pea gravel though. Costs only $120 for 4 hours to rent, and you don't need all those man hours.


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