The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

4 inch gravel delivery

Medium sized dump truck dumping 4 inch gravel

We finally found someone local with a medium dump truck to deliver some gravel.

It was just under 4 tons for 80 dollars.

Anna Hess's books
Want more in-depth information? Browse through our books.

Or explore more posts by date or by subject.

About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

When I put a driveway through a swamp I layed down woven geotextile, then put two layers of rock over it, the large 4 inch then 'camp road' mix. once that was down I could drive over it just fine. The geotextile was sold in 500 foot rolls, it is thick strong stuff that spreads the load of cars and dump trucks. 20 yard trucks had no problem going over the first section to dump on to the second bit of swamp we needed to cross.
Comment by Than Thu Apr 9 16:59:59 2015
Than --- I've always been intrigued by geotextile fabric. Where did you buy your roll?
Comment by anna Thu Apr 9 17:50:26 2015

Looking at the picture, I notice the road is the lowest point, with no place for water to escape. I have a problem similar on one of my roads. The road bed is lower than the side areas. We try to push out drainage in a couple of places to keep the water from sitting or from running down the ruts. I wonder if there is anyway to get a blade and try to 'cut' a ditch along one side and find a couple of places along the way to push out the slightly higher sides to let water out.

I got a good maintenance booklet from the local cooperative extension on woodland roads. This isn't the publication exactly that I have, but this might be a slightly older edition:

I got 6 inches of rock laid on mine and a few drainage issues addressed. I love it! My road guy told me to try and drive over the entire road, to avoid rut development. He also warned me to try not to dig into my roads to improve drainage, rather try to add rock bumps to direct water off, where necessary. Once you get a nice road bed, you will want to baby it.

Comment by Charity Thu Apr 9 18:54:37 2015
We got our from a local farm store, Paris Farmer's Union, up here in Maine. It is the woven kind. I would think would be sold at the kind of place that also sells culverts and those kinds of things. It was about $1 a foot for 12' wide if I am remembering correctly.
Comment by Than Thu Apr 9 21:49:48 2015

WOW! A '68-'72 one ton Chevy dumptruck not rusted totally out!

Oh, and if you were natives of that part of VA, you would say you had "gravels" delivered. :)

Comment by Eric Fri Apr 10 19:56:55 2015
Wow! Great price, rock is expensive here.
Comment by Nita Sat Apr 11 15:14:06 2015
Someone commented above about how the road was the lowest point and often got waterlogged. The only true solution to this, short of raising and banking the road surface is to install a drainage system on the sides. This will ensure the water does not form ponds. On the other hand, the rocks should partially solve the water logging issue as I am assuming they will be smoothed out so that the surface is even.
Comment by Eric Blaise Fri Jul 31 15:38:21 2015

profile counter myspace

Powered by Branchable Wiki Hosting.