Rock install- quickest method?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Gundog100, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Gundog100

    Gundog100 LawnSite Member
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    we are starting to do a lot more of these, generally 3-5 yards 1” river rock or similar. The thing is that it takes so long using wheelbarrows and I’ve tried thinking of quicker, easier ways. Currently using our dump trailer shovelling into wheelbarrows then dumping on the weed barrier in beds. I wonder if there’s a better way, had anyone ever rented a concrete buggy? I thought this could work because they’re narrow and would also fit through garden gates to get to the rear yards?
  2. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
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  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not really
    Maybe easier but all you’re doing is using powered wheel barrows
    You could use a scut or garden tractor with a bucket but typically the distance /space between plants isn’t enough.
    The wheel barrows is the way to go
    Just get enough guys to do it so your guys don’t wear out fast.

    Some guys can last all day like a machine
    They’re worth every dollar you pay them
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  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Buy it in bags
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Even mulching small jobs to 10 cubic yards we use bags.

    We have a suppliers that sells landscape bagged gravel. Makes all the difference
  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    I’ve wanted to get a couple of those muck trucks forever. That would probably be the way to go. The way electric battery technology is progressing we should be seeing similar options with elec power soon.
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  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    Actually I just looked and muck truck does have an electric now. Only good for 3 hours currently
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  8. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just get the right help:
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  9. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dump from the dump trailer (with one door closed) directly into the bucket of my mini skid and then take it to the house. Other guy is raking it out in the landscaping.
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  10. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If it’s just 5 ton I’ll just wheelbarrow nothing big there... we we do larger jobs and have tri axles deliver we use the small tractor with loader and turf tires. Just have it dumped in street or drive...

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