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Herd Fan

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Posted: 03/13/12 05:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello...just a quick question- We're having a rock pad put in at the house. What size(s) rock, depth, etc...would you suggest from your experience? Thanks in advance for your help!


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I would put in about 4 to 6 inches. I would not use washed rock. I would use a graded 3/4 inch minus and compact it with water added.


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look here another thread same subject


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Enough to keep the wheels from sinking into mud is all that's needed. As much MORE than that as you want to put down.


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If you are putting 6 inches or more to level the area, I would start with 2 to 3 inch limestone for a solid base and then top with 2 to 3 inches of 3/4 minus for a smooth surface. In lots of areas, if you just put the 3/4 inch minus down the mud will just eventually "ooze" up through it.


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Are they digging out the sod/top soil first (recommended)? If so, you could put down 2-A stone for all, but I would put #3 limestone or sandstone down and then use 2-A on the top to compact down and firm it up.


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It can't hurt to use the plastic sheeting, (forgot name, but it is specially designed for this task) to keep weeds from popping up through the stone.

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Thanks for the replies. Yes, there will be some digging/leveling...so I planned on at least 6" depth. As for a weed barrier, I don't want a weed problem but I also don't want a drainage issue. So, what is the ideal material and where can I get it? I assume that those that used fabric bought something heavier than landscaping fabric? For those that suggested plastic, wouldn't that eliminate draining?

FYI...I've been reading/talking to people and some say you will still get weeds even with a weed barrier under the rock. (So I guess the "anti-fabric" crowd just sprays their gravel for weeds a couple times a year). Whether I use a fabric will depend on the price, I guess.

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If you want to not have weeds, pay a lawncare service to come and sterilize the area every spring. Weeds will still grow in rock because all it takes is to have the seeds blow into the cracks between the rocks.

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I'd add some stone dust as well, and plate compact the whole thing.


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