use tiller to loosen gravel on gravel path?


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Old 06-11-20, 07:21 AM
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use tiller to loosen gravel on gravel path?

Have a gravel path. Over time gravel packs down and becomes hardpan. Not attractive or pleasant to walk on. Can I use a tiller to loosen it up? Or would gravel wreck a tiller? Thanks.
 
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I wouldn't use a rototiller, you'll simply send stones flying.

What you MIGHT use is a tow-behind (ATV or law tractor) using single segment "hitch disc" to break the gravel up into rows.
to break

Then flatten to path by dragging with an I-beam.
 
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thanks, Ok will bag that plan
I think path too small for that device; only 3 or 4 feet wide
can do it by hand with a rake but is a pain
 
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What is your goal? I would only till if you intend to remove the gravel. Otherwise you'll just be turning it into a loose mess. Gravel is easiest to walk on when it is hard packed.
 
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actually we like the sound and feel of loose gravel over hardpan
but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder
thanks
 
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Is your path the usual 3/4 minus or......much smaller and round shaped ?
 
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much smaller and not round, irregular
and has binder in it
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The large "farm" sized disc hitches are often made up of smaller pivoting units that are ~3-feet wide, just about the right size for a walking path.

If you want to simply loosen the top stones, you can drag a ~3-foot wide section of chain link fence with a weight on it
 
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Hal nailed it in his last comment. You need to drag it frequently with an ATV or riding lawnmower.
 
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If you want it loose then cover what you have with pea gravel or something similar.
You will probably have to build curbs to keep it on the walkway.
Also be prepared to rake it on a regular basis.
 
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I think that is the answer
or
rake the top 1" frequently with a garden rake
but
my arms are tired thinking on it

I think I need an ATV or riding lawnmower; for this and other stuff
 
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Originally Posted by engrav
I think I need an ATV or riding lawnmower; for this and other stuff
Nah, you just need to find a neighbor with a riding mower, or a neighbor's kid with an ATV.

Buy them a pizza, or a groupon, and problem solved.
 
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manden said what I was trying to get at: pea gravel with no binder. 2 inches or so ?
 
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Deep pea gravel is the worst aggregate I have ever walked in.
 
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