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Old 06-09-2018, 12:06 PM   #1
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Hi, we're looking to put down loose stones in our Moutlonborough driveway and need a contractor, time is of the essence as our daughter is getting married on June 30th at the Castle in the Clouds, and we want everything to look nice, any recommendations? Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2018, 12:42 PM   #2
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I realize gravel/stone looks nicer but would recommend ledge pack unless you want to keep adding/raking stone after each winter.

In terms of a contractor, call John Schlemmer at 603-455-8346. He did my driveway and is very good. My driveway was a complete disaster before he worked on it. He's in Moultonborough as well.

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Old 06-09-2018, 02:44 PM   #3
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My local (Merrmack) supplier calls it "Nit-Pack". About 3/4" granite mixed with stone dust (decomposed granite). My landscaper installed it with a Bobcat. It packs well with rain and driving. Depending on snow/ice conditions the plow doesn't tear it up much. I re-dress it every five years or so to keep it looking fresh. The supplier sells, mulch, gravel, loam etc as his only business, so it is not a garden center selling a bit here and there as a sideline. It may have a different name in Moultonborough.
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:28 AM   #4
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Recommendations for places that could deliver ~4 yds of ledge pack/nit-pack? Thnks
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:23 AM   #5
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If you're on the water and you're doing the job yourself, check the rules on impervious surfaces. There are limits in order to minimize phosphorous run off into the lake (it clouds the water). I do not know which surfaces are classified which way, though Nit Pack sounds impervious. If you increase your impervious surface area, you may run afoul of the rules, and you may be fouling your lakefront.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:21 PM   #6
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I think it depends on what the driveway surface is now, assuming it complied when installed. See the NH DES FAQ under impervious surfaces; link below. When we did our house I was surprised to learn that pavement and gravel or stone are all considered impervious.

https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/...s/faq.htm#faq7
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Like above, if your driveway gets plowed in the winter don't use stone. You will be sorry.
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Hi, we're looking to put down loose stones in our Moutlonborough driveway and need a contractor, time is of the essence as our daughter is getting married on June 30th at the Castle in the Clouds, and we want everything to look nice, any recommendations? Thanks!
I really don't think your wedding guests will care how good your driveway looks.
At the end of the day the only thing that really matters is that your daughter enjoys her wedding, family, and friends.
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Hi, we're looking to put down loose stones in our Moutlonborough driveway and need a contractor, time is of the essence as our daughter is getting married on June 30th at the Castle in the Clouds, and we want everything to look nice, any recommendations? Thanks!
If you have open bar everything will eventually look nice.
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Hi, we're looking to put down loose stones in our Moutlonborough driveway and need a contractor, time is of the essence as our daughter is getting married on June 30th at the Castle in the Clouds, and we want everything to look nice, any recommendations? Thanks!


You donít have much time. Fine a local gravel stone company. Have them tell you what you want. I would recommend ledge pack. Then you will probably have to spread it your self. Most contractors are booked. Doug
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If you have open bar everything will eventually look nice.
Excellent idea! Open bar on the new driveway and the stone dust will pat down nicely!
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OK, Jersey Guy, wedding is getting close, what did you decide? BTW, this is a close knot forum. You are required to post a couple of wedding pix of the bride, groom and driveway. There are bonus points for a pic of the bride spreading the gravel herself. (driving the backhoe counts). Best wishes to the newlyweds and all the family.
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Hi All,
Thank you all for the recommendations and advice! We wound up going with Dolbier Landscaping who did a ledge pack layer, Belgium blocks border and plantings, we were pleased with their work. The June 30th tented wedding at the Castle was beyond expectation, weather was perfect, and the setting was amazing. Final guests just left yesterday. Attaching a couple pictures of the driveway and my daughter and new son in law. The Castle also posted about 6 pictures (see the tented wedding) on their Facebook page. Thanks again everyone!
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Congrats, the yard and the bride look beautiful.
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Congrats! (And the son-in-law ainít bad either!)


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Nice driveway job and beautiful Bride! Congrats!
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