pea gravel as base....

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by turfquip, Jul 18, 2000.

  1. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    <p>Is it adviseable? What are the pros/cons when using Miami Block?<p>Also, what about using 8&quot; cutwall on a pea gravel base - heights to 24&quot;......Any problems doing it this way?<p>Thanks,<p>Ed
  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Pea gravel will not make a compactable base. To get a stable base, use a crushed stone that has a range of sizes from fine screenings to about 3/4&quot; stone. Compact this with a plate tamper.

    FIREMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from n.j.
    Messages: 318

    Lanelle has given some very sound advice. Be sure to compact it thoroughly as the larger chunks seem to have a tendency to teeter a bit sometimes.
  4. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    I agree Lanelle is right use a base made of good clean crushed gravel. This will reduce call backs and falling over walls. Pea gravel is like marbels the walls will just roll out of the base. yes pea gravel is cheap but the call backs will be alot more $ if used.<p>----------<br>paul<br>
  5. Alan

    Alan Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I've had good luck with 1&quot;- crushed stone under walls. There is enough variation in the granulation that it chinks well and doesn't settle but still lets water drain through. All I've ever worked with has been &quot;Rockwood&quot; blocks and I also fill them with the same stone, never had a wall shift. Another contractor fills his walls with 3/8&quot; crushed and his walls move some. Not good but that's his approach. Someday he's gonna tear one out on his nickel for using a stone that shovels easy but won't ***** properly. <br><p><font size="1">Edited by: Alan

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