Tip Of The Day - 8/30/05 - Laying A Gravel Path

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Sean Adams, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,597

    Landscapes often times need paths for directing traffic and providing access to various parts of the property. Be sure to choose your path material wisely. Here is a simple example of how to lay a gravel path.

    1. create your border with edging (could be stones, timbers, etc..). Put down landscape fabric to stop the weeds from popping up and pour a base of sand or crushed rock over the fabric.

    2. rake the sand or crushed rock over the area in a uniform manner to 1 inch thickness - as you rake wet the material with a fine mist of water.

    3. tamp the wet base a few times, making sure it is packed down firmly.

    4. spread gravel at least 2-3 inches thick and rake it evenly over the base and then tamp the gravel firmly into place...

    Nothing too difficult but can certainly add to a landscape and can make access a lot easier as well.
  2. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    If I may tailgate on this subject and just offer one piece of advice to be aware of.

    The type of gravel used can drastically make a difference in how easy or hard it is to push any wheeled object over. Mowers, wheelbarrows, and other things can bog down and be almost impossible to push over drain rock, river rock, pea gravel, or other "round shaped" rocks. Chipped flat rock can lay down flat and secure, making it very easy to push mowers over, and by the way, easy to blow debris off of.

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