sinking gravel

dave Dodd asked 13 years ago

Hi Gerry, i laid decorative gravel on top of weed proof fabric which covers soil about 18 months ago. I am finding that with wet weather and footfall (last year!) water is pooling in the gravel and some areas are sinking underfoot. Should I have put hardcore on soil first and compacted it before the weed proof fabric and gravel was put down ? A pic of garden under construction is on my profile. Go raibh mile maith agat

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
If gravel is to be walked on a lot, it would be best to lay a solid baase underneath, having removed a minimum of 10cm of topsoil.

It sounds as though the soil under the membrane has compacted and is preventing drainage. You could simply top up the gravel but if the drainage problem persists you may have weeds growing in the gravel after a time and the area might need to be re-laid.