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My Goat Path, pic for Fern
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Michael M    Posted 03-12-2004 at 05:29:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here you go Fern. This is looking down the drive from the yard, almost to the house, toward the gate and road. There is another 1/4 mile of goat trail on the other side of the gate. I am clearing along the drive, and making wide spots on both sides. I am cutting back ten feet all of the way to allow more air and sun, trying to dry it up some. I am making a big wide spot for the horse area and a garage/shop. There is a ravine that dumps water into the drive, just this side of the transformer in the picture. That is where the new conduit, and a good deal of the gravel are going.
It isn't too bad right now. We haven't had any rain for a while, and this morning it is frozen.
Many of the trees that I have cut down were dying, most had trunk rot, or were severly damaged by a bad timber operation ten years before I bought the place. When I bought it, it was unimproved timberland, nothing here but the goat trail. The trees are heading to my WoodMizer, and I will use the lumber for the buildings.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 03-12-2004 at 10:08:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For your goat path: if you plan to put down gravel on top of dirt, be SURE to lay down a layer of geotextile on the dirt before applying the rock.
The geotextile can be found at most construction suppliers. It keeps the rock "floating" on top of the dirt, instead of the rock "sinking" into the dirt. Re-application of rock is virtually never necessary.
It also prevents pot holes and soft spots. It's a real trick and worth every penny (about $.70/running foot)
Good luck.

Michael M    Posted 03-12-2004 at 17:20:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Joyce, thanks. I have been thinking about doing that, but wasn't sure of the name of the stuff. Lessee, .70 a foot x 300, more or less....yep might be worth it. There are already several tri-ax loads of gravel down there.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 03-14-2004 at 18:29:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Word of Caution: if you already have gravel down and put the fabric (geotextile) on top of it and more gravel on top - the fabric tends to get shredded. The old "caught between a rock and a hard place" thing.

That distance you could just buy a whole role (it's cheaper by the roll) probably 12 ft. wide, and if there's any leftover, it's real nice for making a parking pad, etc. Any place you want a gravel spot, it makes the gravel spot much more permanent.

If you'd like more particulars, just reply to this and I'll get an email notification to tell me to check back here. I don't come daily.

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