Crushed stone patio?

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Old 05-23-16, 06:44 AM
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Crushed stone patio?

I have a fire pit that is currently surrounded by grass. My plan is to take up the sod and replace it with a compacted gravel or crushed stone of some sort. We do not want a paver or field stone look.

Any recommendations for a material that can be compacted and fairly stable over New England winters. I have a small area around the firepit with crushed marble over paver base and it seems stable but it is not the look we want. Right now we are thinking crushed granite.
 
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Following the grass removal, I would definitely start with Typar to keep weeds and grass to a minimum, then basically any stone you would feel comfortable walking on. Crushed granite is stable and won't need compacting, but has sharp edges sometimes. I have pea gravel as a walkway from our house to the back driveway and it has stood the test of time and is easy on the feet.
 
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I personally don't like pea gravel as it never compacts as the round stones just roll past each other. A fine crushed stone can be compacted to be quite firm and smooth. In my area a good product is called stone dust and it contains stones/flakes from 1/4" down to dust.
 
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I didn't know it existed far from granite quarries or I would have suggested it. We lived near Elberton, GA for a while and it was a common (really cheap) by product. We carried our own feed bags and scooped up as much as we wanted for a few dollars. If we needed more, they would scoop it for us a yard at a time for $5. Works really great and compacts well.
 
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We've decided to go with decomposed granite although I can't figure out how crushed stone can decompose. I had never heard of the stuff. The landscaper brought by a sample and it's basically a stone dust product. He will install it with a plate compactor.

Chandler - I think the term pea stone or gravel may be different in different areas.
What we get for pea stone is not a good material for walkways or patios. It never compacts. I have a 100' walkway made from field stones set in pea stone. The stuff was a real PITA. It just never stabilized. I ended up adding sand and paver base to try to get it to set up. If I wasn't so lazy I would tear it up and start over.
 
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