Gravel lot for apartment building?

Old 02-21-12, 06:09 AM
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Gravel lot for apartment building?

Hello everyone, this is my first post on here. Took me 30 seconds to realize I love this site and then register. Anyway I need some advice on a gravel lot. I have an apartment building with a dirt parking lot, used to be a lawn, the only thing holding it together is the roots from a large nearby tree. The lot is about 20'x20'. I would like to know how to install a gravel lot when I cannot dig (because of roots.)

The lot does not get much traffic, just a few tenants. This is my first gravel installation. Most places say to dig a few inches and border the area with lumber so it does not spread.

It this were my own home, I would not be willing to cut corners

This is a low income apartment building, the quality of the work does not need to be perfect. I just want whats most cost effective over the long run. Any advice is appreciated
Old 02-21-12, 06:40 AM
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Well, you will want to use something like "crusher run" or they may call it parking lot mix.

If you really can't dig...then you'll just have to raise the height.
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Crusher run would likely be my choice as well. When you call to order the gravel, you can discuss with them what will work best - they'll know what is generally used in your area for your soil type.

btw - welcome to the forums!
Old 02-21-12, 03:48 PM
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It is probably the same stuff, but here they call it "base", and it has rock dust still in it. It will harden to a degree with the first rain. Does pretty good for our driveways here in the country, and that is without a build up. If you build borders to raise the edges, then it will last much longer.
Old 02-21-12, 03:52 PM
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Ahh...that's the name they used in OH..."driveway mix". My parents got 30-40 tons every couple of years. Works best if it gets compacted a bit after being spread out.

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