Putting in rock driveway, but really clay e soil

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by billsfanvt, May 2, 2006.

  1. billsfanvt

    billsfanvt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Quick question, I'm putting in a rock driveway, (using 3/4 inch stone mix) and the costomer asked me if there was anything special that needed to be done because it is really clay e soil. Not sure on this one. was just going to hog out sod put down fabric and lay the stone. Any answer would be helpful thanks
  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I'm putting in a drive for my new equipment shed. I'm no expert on this at all, but most folks and the rock quarry guys told me this:
    1:Take about 3-4 inches off the top of the ground.
    2:Apply 3-4 inch layer of crush and run and use that for a few months to harden and settle.
    3:Apply your preferred stone for the top layer.

    I'm about ready for the "preferred stone" layer. My crush and run has been there since winter. It's there to keep the "preferred stone" from seeping into the ground over time. We also have a lot of clay here in NC.

    If you're getting your stone from a quarry, check with them. My guys were real helpful and obviously very knowledgeable.:)
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I woulden't bother with the fabric for a driveway.
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Your just going to pull sod and lay gravel without shooting and grading your slope?

    Your going to have a bumpy drive.
  5. tylermckee

    tylermckee LawnSite Member
    from wa
    Messages: 248

    I shoot 80% of my work with my eyeball, a simple res. driveway shouldnt really need anything other than a guy with a good eye for grade.

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