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Using geotextile fabric in problem ruts?

Anna throwing a large rock.

Thank you Roland for the idea of using geotextile fabric to help stabilize the soil.

We like the idea and feel like a layer of that kind of material in the problem rut areas will help to make the rock last longer.

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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.

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I know nothing about these fabrics & their application. Can you post Larry's suggestion, or more detail on the fabric & how you use it?

Thank you! I do buy all your books!

Comment by Terry Sun Aug 14 11:00:08 2016
Stay tuned Terry and we will post details and pictures after we order a roll and give it a try.
Comment by mark Sun Aug 14 15:12:24 2016

@Terry; Check out these pages [1, 2]. Their site has a lot of information available.

For driveways, that manufacturer recommends US 200 fabric.

One thing about thermoplastic geotextiles; you need to keep them out of the sun. Ultraviolet light from the sun will eventually break them down. But when the fabric is properly buried under gravel it should last for decades.

@Mark; you might want to contact a manufacturer as to which is the right material to go under 6" rock.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sun Aug 14 17:00:19 2016
I've used geotextile called geogrid in regular retaining walls and load bearing walls such as parked spaces behind the wall. They work as prescribed. But you have to install it exactly as the manufacturer's specifics. Although for your road use it's much simpler. In wall if it gets installed off level it can actually pull in the blocks compromising the wall its so strong.
Comment by Marco Sun Aug 14 22:42:13 2016
I installed professional grade landscaping fabric between my concrete raised beds about 10 years ago. I did double the 50 foot fabric because, at that time, my beds were only 25 feet long, but it's held up remarkably well, without putting anything on top of it - not gravel, mulch, nothing - and it sits in the sun all the time. The worst that has happened was when some dirt leaked out from the concrete beds and weeds sometimes get lodged in there and grow but it's easy to pull out. I'm thinking maybe that kind of landscape fabric might be helpful, especially if you put rock on top of it.
Comment by Nayan Mon Aug 15 10:10:03 2016

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