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darren 03-26-2007 04:21 PM

gravel driveway
 
I need to make my driveway wider but need some good starting points.

The new driveway will be where my lawn is now but will probably tear up my old driveway to make it look the same.

What should be done to the ground(i.e. how deep should i dig it, any type of base marterial to use, etc)before putting the gravel down. ALso what is my best choice for the top layer of gravel.

Thanks
Darren

Basic_Homeowner 04-24-2007 02:50 PM

remove all top soil
 
remove all top soil, probably 6 inches. apply gravel. the lay should look like the road - with a high spot in middle for run off. i like adding a couple of inches of 3/4 inch crushed stone to the top of that for a vapor barrier so moistier is not as much of a factor under my car

WildCadillac 05-12-2007 11:59 AM

Gravel Driveway
 
After removing about 6 inches of soil what do you put down as a base
before putting down the top gravel. About how thick should the base be.

Basic_Homeowner 05-13-2007 08:58 AM

If, after removing the top soil, your ground is hard and compact then you can probably just put the gravel down. Occassionally, I've found that after digging down a foot I am still in soft soil. Then I will start with sand and rocks to help firm it up - about 2 - 3 inches. I've also put down either landscaping weed barrier or thick plastic ( 4 or 6mil) to prevent any grass growing through and to help prevent the gravel and stones sinking into the soil so easily. If you can, get a roller to help compact it. hope this helps

WildCadillac 05-15-2007 05:24 PM

Gravel Driveway
 
Thanks for the infotmation I deeply appreciate it


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