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Fire Pit Decomposed Granite Patio #8427713 10/23/21 07:50 PM
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Got a wild hair and decided to make a patio out back for our fire pit area. We love to sit in the back yard around a nice fire this time of year. So I figured why not.

Here are some pics of the project so far. Did this all this morning. Boy am I tired lol. Ready for the deco granite now. Should need about 2 yards which will take me 2 trips to the stone place. Should get this finished up this week.

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Re: Fire Pit Decomposed Granite Patio [Re: KRoyal] #8427724 10/23/21 07:59 PM
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Is that plastic going to effect water getting to the roots of your tree?


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Re: Fire Pit Decomposed Granite Patio [Re: KRoyal] #8427726 10/23/21 08:02 PM
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It shouldn’t there is several gaps in it that water can flow through but weeds should be tamped out, but I’m shooting from the hip here and don’t really have a clue hahah. I’m far from a pro at landscaping things.


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Weeds will grow the DG. You are the Raptor can handle 1 yard of DG? It’s around 2,600 pounds if it’s not wet. 1 yard will cover about 70 square feet being 3 inches deep.


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Re: Fire Pit Decomposed Granite Patio [Re: BigPig] #8427769 10/23/21 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BigPig
Weeds will grow the DG. You are the Raptor can handle 1 yard of DG? It’s around 2,600 pounds if it’s not wet. 1 yard will cover about 70 square feet being 3 inches deep.


Weeds will grow through anything. The owner of the stone place has the same Raptor and said it’ll handle 1 yard. He said you’ll definitely be squatted but won’t be on the bump stops.


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Re: Fire Pit Decomposed Granite Patio [Re: KRoyal] #8427807 10/23/21 10:20 PM
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I like decomposed granite. Never had problems with anything growing through it. I did edge the granite with steel edging.

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Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
I like decomposed granite. Never had problems with anything growing through it. I did edge the granite with steel edging.

I wanted to do steel edging but this “gardening” project has turned into some big bucks already lol.


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Every person I’ve known that had DC removed it because they were tired of tracking it in the house and scratching floors. Just something to keep in mind.

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I have an area I use for parking my trailers with DG. Weeds come through every year, but no weed barrier underneath.


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Originally Posted by erathar
Every person I’ve known that had DC removed it because they were tired of tracking it in the house and scratching floors. Just something to keep in mind.


Yup. Ours gets tracked onto the patio and stains it. Twice a year I power wash the patio. Not a big enough issue for me to remove the DG, mine serves as a walkway and does a fine job.


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Black plastic around trees is usually a bad idea for several reasons. It does keep down weeds for a while, but eventually you get enough dust/dirt/leaf debris in the rock to allow weeds and other seeds to grow anyway. The down side is that it keeps the tree roots from getting enough water, and also starves the ground of oxygen. An anaerobic environment is created, and the roots don't get any of the necessary O2. If you do use it, poke quite a few holes in it with a rake or pitchfork to allow water to seep in, either from rainfall or irrigation. The holes will be small enough that weeds aren't a problem, but you won't be killing a tree. Talk to a knowledgeable arborist (not just a gardner) and he will tell you how much different types of trees need to stay healthy.

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Originally Posted by BigPig
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Every person I’ve known that had DC removed it because they were tired of tracking it in the house and scratching floors. Just something to keep in mind.


Yup. Ours gets tracked onto the patio and stains it. Twice a year I power wash the patio. Not a big enough issue for me to remove the DG, mine serves as a walkway and does a fine job.

Can you seal it to stop the tracking?

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Black plastic around trees is usually a bad idea for several reasons. It does keep down weeds for a while, but eventually you get enough dust/dirt/leaf debris in the rock to allow weeds and other seeds to grow anyway. The down side is that it keeps the tree roots from getting enough water, and also starves the ground of oxygen. An anaerobic environment is created, and the roots don't get any of the necessary O2. If you do use it, poke quite a few holes in it with a rake or pitchfork to allow water to seep in, either from rainfall or irrigation. The holes will be small enough that weeds aren't a problem, but you won't be killing a tree. Talk to a knowledgeable arborist (not just a gardner) and he will tell you how much different types of trees need to stay healthy.


I was actually thinking of poking the holes like you mentioned. Thanks for the heads up.


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Originally Posted by KRoyal
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Every person I’ve known that had DC removed it because they were tired of tracking it in the house and scratching floors. Just something to keep in mind.


Yup. Ours gets tracked onto the patio and stains it. Twice a year I power wash the patio. Not a big enough issue for me to remove the DG, mine serves as a walkway and does a fine job.

Can you seal it to stop the tracking?

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Black plastic around trees is usually a bad idea for several reasons. It does keep down weeds for a while, but eventually you get enough dust/dirt/leaf debris in the rock to allow weeds and other seeds to grow anyway. The down side is that it keeps the tree roots from getting enough water, and also starves the ground of oxygen. An anaerobic environment is created, and the roots don't get any of the necessary O2. If you do use it, poke quite a few holes in it with a rake or pitchfork to allow water to seep in, either from rainfall or irrigation. The holes will be small enough that weeds aren't a problem, but you won't be killing a tree. Talk to a knowledgeable arborist (not just a gardner) and he will tell you how much different types of trees need to stay healthy.


I was actually thinking of poking the holes like you mentioned. Thanks for the heads up.

Weed barrier material may be better, but still let’s a few weeds through.


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Re: Fire Pit Decomposed Granite Patio [Re: KRoyal] #8428441 10/24/21 08:26 PM
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Ha, I’ve already laid it down and staked it down. I’m not pulling it and putting landscaping paper down. I’ve never had good results with that. Might as well put nothing down IMO that stuff is worthless. But I’ll punch a bunch of tiny holes in it.


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Put on your golf shoes and walk around on it

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I converted a place in my yard where we used to have a trampoline into a fire pit area that is filled with decomposed granite.

The biggest issue with respect to weeds is that organic material will seep into the DG and then stuff grows in that DG.

I rake my DG every couple of months to keep that at bay and more often now to collect acorns that land in it.

Enjoy your fire pit.

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weeds, thats what round up is for. good luck on the project

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Well it only squatted just a little rofl

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Got it all laid out and wet so I can tamp it down but this POS tamper I bought keeps getting the DG caked up on it and I get about 2 ft and have to clean it off. At this rate it’ll take me a week to get it tamped. Gonna have to go rent a vibrating plate tamper.

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Coming along nicely.

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Yes looks great!


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Re: Fire Pit Decomposed Granite Patio [Re: KRoyal] #8429732 10/25/21 11:45 PM
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Thanks fellas. It’s getting there. Still got several hours of work ahead of me but I’m done for the day been going hard since 10am this morning.

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