Gravel Installation FAQ’s

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  • Richard Cowan

    Have you worked with or have some thoughts on permeable grids in conjuction with a gravel parking lot. Our thoughts would be to overlay with asphalt at a future date?

  • ross

    can you spread gravel over the frozen or semi frozen ground (soft now) and tamp it down so we can temporarily use it to park trailers on it

  • S.L

    How can we design the drainage for the parking lot, and how do we design
    the parking lot

  • Matt B

    I rented a commercial yard space to store my trucks and equipment. I rented it during the summer when it was hard but now that the winter rains have come it’s a mud pit. The ground is in a flood plain during 20 year storms and the soil type is sandy loam. All of the surounding yards have been graveled and seem to be holding up well, while my trucks are sinking and spinning tires. The leasing company wants me to get a bid for creating a good surface, but I don’t know exactly what I should be pricing. I know I need to scrape off any vegetation before laying the gravel down. What size rock should I be buying? Does it need to be screened for fines (that’s the pricy stuff)? How deep do I need to pour? I run a tree service so I need a surface that can support the outriggers from self loading log trucks. Many thanks, I’ve looked and I can’t find this information anywhere!!!

  • Dara

    We are getting ready to prepare a new gravel lot for public parking. Any suggestions on effective ways to define the parking spaces? In particular, any suggestions on how to define pull-through parking spaces for oversized vehicles?

  • William

    Our church parking lot has already been graveled, however it is overgrown some (about a 3rd. of it) with grass.  I want to know what type of gravel would be good for this lot?   After scraping the grass up should I use a sub gravel first and then use a smaller gravel over it.  I ask this because being a church lot large gravel tends to ruin the lady’s heels when walking on it.  I was told that If using the small gravel only I would need about 16 tons.  But that it may not last long being small.  Please advise.  Thank you.

    • patmatt

      William,

      We like to give our trusted experts the opportunity to answer questions whenever possible. Jim Boeve of Gravel Graders in Western Michigan is just the expert to ask!
      http://www.allaboutparkinglots.com/gravel-graders/

      Here’s what he had to say:

      To address the weeds and grass, first spray with a non-selective herbicide like Roundup. Next scarify the top layer of gravel to remove the weeds from the gravel. This can be done with a box scraper, scraper blade or by hand with a hard tine rake. Remove as much organic material as you can from the gravel surface. The best top layer of gravel is one that contains 1″ particles or less which contains a mixture of sized particles and fines for proper compaction. For proper installation ensure the base is graded smooth and compacted. The new layer of gravel should be at least 2″ thick and again properly compacted. Be sure to avoid gravels with large particles and round stone for top coats. We prefer a cap of crushed asphalt which packs extremely hard and deters weed growth.

  • William

    Our church parking lot has already been graveled, however it is overgrown some (about a 3rd. of it) with grass.  I want to know what type of gravel would be good for this lot?   After scraping the grass up should I use a sub gravel first and then use a smaller gravel over it.  I ask this because being a church lot large gravel tends to ruin the lady’s heels when walking on it.  I was told that If using the small gravel only I would need about 16 tons.  But that it may not last long being small.  Please advise.  Thank you.

  • William

    Our church parking lot has already been graveled, however it is overgrown some (about a 3rd. of it) with grass.  I want to know what type of gravel would be good for this lot?   After scraping the grass up should I use a sub gravel first and then use a smaller gravel over it.  I ask this because being a church lot large gravel tends to ruin the lady’s heels when walking on it.  I was told that If using the small gravel only I would need about 16 tons.  But that it may not last long being small.  Please advise.  Thank you.

  • William

    Our church parking lot has already been graveled, however it is overgrown some (about a 3rd. of it) with grass.  I want to know what type of gravel would be good for this lot?   After scraping the grass up should I use a sub gravel first and then use a smaller gravel over it.  I ask this because being a church lot large gravel tends to ruin the lady’s heels when walking on it.  I was told that If using the small gravel only I would need about 16 tons.  But that it may not last long being small.  Please advise.  Thank you.

  • William

    Our church parking lot has already been graveled, however it is overgrown some (about a 3rd. of it) with grass.  I want to know what type of gravel would be good for this lot?   After scraping the grass up should I use a sub gravel first and then use a smaller gravel over it.  I ask this because being a church lot large gravel tends to ruin the lady’s heels when walking on it.  I was told that If using the small gravel only I would need about 16 tons.  But that it may not last long being small.  Please advise.  Thank you.

  • William

    Our church parking lot has already been graveled, however it is overgrown some (about a 3rd. of it) with grass.  I want to know what type of gravel would be good for this lot?   After scraping the grass up should I use a sub gravel first and then use a smaller gravel over it.  I ask this because being a church lot large gravel tends to ruin the lady’s heels when walking on it.  I was told that If using the small gravel only I would need about 16 tons.  But that it may not last long being small.  Please advise.  Thank you.