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Preparing for gravel.


 
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Keano
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 5:06 pm    Post subject: Preparing for gravel. Reply with quote

Hi all,
I have an garden I want to gravel. It's not level and at the highest point there is concreate under the soil so I need to raise the lower portion to get it level. What do I use sand?
I have also read many different ways to stop weeds coming up through the gravel which is the best.

Thanks Stephen

Oh and if anyone knows a good place to get these materials in Dublin from please tell.
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forest flame
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi stephen
if the area is not too big you could just get more gravel and level it out with the extra gravel.as regards stopping weeds some would use a landscape fabric but i think if you lay the gravel deep there would be no need for it.the weeds will grow anyway as the dust blows around and the seeds will germinate but they would be easy to pull out when they are just growing in the gravel and not the soil
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply.
It's around 55m2. I workout a ton will give me 1cm but read here I would need 15-20mm depth. Have I got that right?
I also read here that if the grounds not level the gravel will creep which is why I intented to get sand or something.
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 8:14 pm    Post subject: gravel stabilizer Reply with quote

hi keano, you could use plastic gravel stabilizer on the slope to stop the gravel from moving. yours ponddigger
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You definitely want at least 20mm. I find the best base to be compacted rock crush. Is it a sharp gravel you are using or more of a cobble? Plastic gravel stabilizer could be an option, but bear in mind that this dose not come cheep.
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