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Question DetailsAsked on 1/29/2017

Cost of pebbles for drive of 4x25 foot?

Do not want paved drive only small stones spread. Over small area.

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You probably do not want pebbles unless you are REALLY into raking - they will just kick off to the side consstantly unless your soil is fairly muddy, in which case they will just sink into the mud and disappear. The normal product for this is crushed gravel or shot rock (NOT rounded river gravel) driveway base material - the same "road base" they put directly under concrete and asphalt drives. Typically 3/4" maximum particle size (sometimes 1" but that is pretty large - choose 1/2" max over 1" if 3/4" max is not available) and drains pretty well but has enough sand and fines that it compacts well (at least when damp). Typically 3-4" layer is put down as a "gravel" drive if hard soil, 6-8 inches if at all soft or muddy. Of course, if soft enough it ruts, then you really need a proper base material (typically 6-12 inches of compacted coarse stone or gravel) then the driving layer of 3-4 inches of base.

So - for 4x25 foot area you are talking about roughly 1, 1-1/4, or 2 to 2-1/2 cubic yards for 3, 4, or 6-8 inches thickness respectively. (Whjile loaded by the yard, actually is usually sold by the ton - so at typically about 3000-3500#/CY, would be about 1.5-1.75, 2, or 3-4 tons for above sample thicknesses.

Normal contractor for this would be a Driveway contractor (asphalt or concrete) - though if you want to rake it out yourself a Stone and Gravel or Excavation (Search the List category) vendor can also provide it. Topsoil hauling companies also commonly do this, as do some Landscaping companies, in the small quantity you are talking. In truckload size loads (5-12 cubic yards typically), most can chain the tailgate so it spreads the material out fairly evenly as they creep along dumping it to reduce your work. In very small quantities like you are talking about (a cubic yard or a bit more) not so much, because will likely be delivered with a tilt-bed on a pickup frame, though possibly a small dumptruck.

Some concrete and quarry/gravel pits will also deliver though normally only in large trucks (10-15Cy typically) so about $100-150 delivery charge usually, plus the cost of however much material you order - though they commonly will give you names of local truckers who haul and spread material like this.

Bear in mind the delivery charge (commonly $50-125) will be much more than the cost of the material (commonly about $10-20/cy range), so if you have a convenient space for some storage you might order extra and make a stockpile conveniently close - or put on a thicker layer to allow for raking back from the edges over the years to recover thin areas.

If you have (or have a friend with) a pickup or relatively heavy-duty sided trailer, some landscaping yards sell various materials including this sort of "crushed gravel" by the yard (normal 1/2 ton or larger pickup or substantial yard trailer can handle up to about 1/2CY per load - about 1500-1600 pounds) - and most stone/gravel pit and many concrete ready-mix plants also sell small quantities - just be sure they don't overload your vehicle by dumping in a full front end loader bucket.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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