How much gravel do I need?
Hello, I'm hoping that I can give enough information to get some advice? I started this landscaping project this week, and now I'm stuck.
This spot below my deck has been giving me fits since I moved into this house three years ago. The area beneath the deck was following the same grade as the areas up on the sides, you can see it's rather sloped. The previous HO had trouble with weeds, so he put down a square border with brick (level to the ground at the bottom), covered with weed tarp and filled in with gravel.
Obviously, the idea wasn't thought through. Any amount of rain, or kids playing tag and running through it, caused the gravel to follow the natural course of gravity and move down the slope, leaving pockets of weed tarp showing - and a mess of gravel in the lawn. I finally decided to fix it, but have like, NO money.
So, I got all of these natural stones from the lower wooded portion of my yard that is just littered with them and built up a 10" high wall. I then removed the gravel to save for later, pulled up the weed tarp and leveled the ground. It's not completely level, I left a very slight grade to allow the water to run away from the house. But it is flat enough now, the gravel should stay in place.
I replaced the weed tarp and gravel, but wouldn't you know it? There's not enough gravel left! I took some photos, I'm hoping this gives a good indication of my area. I should add, that the entire rectangular section is about 10' x 20'. The right side in the photo is fine, there's enough gravel there. The left side has much tarp still showing.
The gravel I need to replace with is 60$ a ton... I'm hoping I can get away with half a ton? I have looked and looked, but can't get a good idea of what a half ton of gravel looks like.
So for you experts, do you think that will be fine? The only other alternative is to buy the cheap fill gravel (ugly stuff) and try and mix it in with the river rock gravel...
Thanks in advance for any help!