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Loose sand in backyard, wanting to lay down gravel

Loose sand in backyard, wanting to lay down gravel

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Old 10-13-17, 01:21 PM
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Loose sand in backyard, wanting to lay down gravel

Hi there,<br />
I'm currently in the process of remodeling my backyard. I had my nice, big concrete patio/slab laid, got my fire pit built and just ordered my nice little fence I'm going to install.<br />
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Part of my backyard will be pea gravel for the kids play area, then I was thinking some sort of crushed 3/4 gravel for the walk ways, and then I'll section off a portion to put in artificial grass. I live in Arizona and there's parts in my backyard that have areas with loose, somewhat deep, sand. These areas with the loose, deep sand are areas where I'll be putting in the pea gravel and the walk way gravel.<br />
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I'm afraid to go forward with ordering gravel because I feel like the loose sand will cause the gravel to sink and shift around. I do plan on laying weed fabric over all the areas I plan to lay gravel as well.<br />
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Can anyone suggest what I can do with this loose sand? Should I try to compact it somehow? (With what?) Remove it? Or simply just put down weed fabric over top of it and push forward with laying the gravel.<br />
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Thank you very much!
 
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Old 10-13-17, 02:24 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

IMO it would be best to remove the sand because sooner or later it will make it's way back to the top.
 
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Old 10-14-17, 04:31 AM
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I do plan on laying weed fabric over all the areas I plan to lay gravel as well
How deep is the loose sand and how deep of pea gravel are you planning.

You cant compact sand but if not too deep and you use a solid fabric that should keep a decent barrier.
 
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Old 10-15-17, 04:13 PM
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Thanks for the replies. My wife reached out to the local gravel places and they said that pretty much when you lay down the fabric, that it would create that barrier I'm looking for. So the fabric will keep the rocks from sinking/shifting as long as it holds up.
 
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Old 10-17-17, 11:54 AM
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You can rent a water filled roller and wet/compact your sand.....and then lay down decomposed granite....and wet and compact that. Maybe weed block if you think necessary.
 
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