Gravel installation can be a great surface to use because it’s cost-effective and an easy option to use for transformation. Before installation of gravel, you have to consider the size of the gravel, the surface below the gravel, and the role you want the gravel to have. Since gravel is not easy to clean, it’s important to consider the preparation needed. The considerations will ensure the gravel looks at its best once everything is finished.
Marking the section for gravel installation before you start is important because it will help the layout look neat and precise. This will help allow the right width while excavating the topsoil and the pushes if there are curves where you are installing the gravel. Marking will also save a lot of awkward alterations afterwards.
It’s also important to consider the gravel purpose before purchasing it. If your gravel is for decorative purposes, you have a wider option on which gravel to use because decorative gravel is not disturbed very often. You should choose medium-sized gravel for footpaths because too fine gravel would be moved easily as you walk, while too large gravel would make walking difficult.
Here are the steps involved in gravel installation. Let’s jump straight in.
Excavation before Gravel Installation
Gravel installation requires excavation and it’s rare to not excavate. The topsoil should be removed because its load-bearing ability is poor. The topsoil also has a heavy concentration of organic materials that makes it prone to retaining water. After remaining with an exposed layer of firm subsoil, fill with sub-base material and compact before laying the membrane.
The geotextile membrane should be placed between the excavated ground and the base. The membrane ensures the sub-base material does not mix with the ground below and avoids the passage of water. The geotextile membrane is essential where grounds are poor.
Laying the Sub-Base.
The sub-base provides the load-bearing ability because it helps to spread the weight of traffic., and also creates a solid layer resistant to rutting and channelization. The common sub-base material consists of crushed rock graded to dust. The ranging size ensures the material interlocks when compacted and still remains permeable to water.
The gravel’s purpose is to provide a decorative finish. The gravel should not be deep because it has no benefit to the performance of the finished surface. The maximum depth of the gravel should be applied to provide good coverage of the sub-base and also prevent rutting.
The gravel should be laid directly on top of the sub-base and levelled with rakes and shovels.
Gravel installation is one of the most cost-effective additions you can make to your property and they also add beauty. At Stratton landscaping, our work ethic has led to many happy customers who return repeatedly for our services. We also pride ourselves on being on time so that we don’t intrude on your daily life. Our experienced team can install new gravel on your property or regrade your existing one. Contact us to schedule your gravel installation today!.