Need help on gravel parking pad. Will dump truck/skid steer ruin landscape fabric?

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Forum topic by Dreban posted 09-01-2019 11:45 PM 795 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2019 11:45 PM

Howdy. Way off topic, but as I’m sure most everyone here is a DIYer like me, I was hoping to ask a question. I’m getting ready to have a side of my house excavated a few inches down and leveled so that I can pour a couple inches of gravel down for a parking pad but I wanted to put a nice, heavy landscape fabric down first because I get a ton of weeds over there. I was wondering if having a dump truck deliver gravel on top of that and then have a skid steer running around distributing it and smoothing out would tear up or make it move so much that it would be ineffective. I’d be using landscape fabric staples to help anchor it down but I wasn’t sure If anyone had experience with this. I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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#1 posted 09-02-2019 12:51 AM

I think your landscape fabric wouldn’t stand a chance against a skid steer. Even with the Staples, it will get torn up. What kind of gravel are you putting down? If it’s a compacting type like decomposed granite it will help convince the weeds to grow someace else. I’ve also seen people use recycled asphalt for driveways. It isn’t the most decorative, but packs down well.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 09-02-2019 02:35 AM

Depends on the driver of the bobcat. If he goes directly in, and backs directly back out, he could dump over the entire area. Problem is if he’s on his time for the job, he’s gonna be twisting it around like a tornado, and then I totally agree with above.

But you should ask the driver of the bobcat what he would suggest to keep the weed growth down. He may have an idea that is gentler than mine. If it is driving, parking, or anything a car is on, weed control is once in the Spring, once again in August, and it’s called Glyphosate. I’ve found through accidental spillage that Diesel fuel also makes ground barren, and for longer than Glyphosate, but the tree folks tend to object. The stuff they sell to actually make the ground barren, works occasionally.

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#3 posted 09-02-2019 03:18 AM

‘Landscape’ fabric is not meant to be used under vehicle traffic areas. It will not last when put under any significant weight. They make a much heavier fabric called geotextile fabric for placement under roadways.

Was involved with 2 different gravel roads on country lots for family members, and neither time did we use fabric on gravel driveway. We did however, put 3” wide fabric strip on both sloped sides of road, which only had 2-3 inches of gravel for drainage. Can easily tell where folks have driven over the edges, as fabric has ripped and weeds are common.

PS: IMHO – Putting down 3” of gravel over fabric/dirt is waste of money.
1) You are going to rip fabric and lose 2” of the base as it settles into the dirt/mud over time.
2) Weeds don’t grow very well in 5-6” of gravel required to lay down a proper base for vehicle traffic as roots can not reach dirt.
3) It is more expensive to buy/use geotextile fabric than simply using more gravel.
4) For any gravel driveway I’ve every had, every 5-10 years (depending on traffic) you add a couple more inches of fresh gravel and weeds are not a problem again.

#IAMAKLUTZ, not an expert.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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