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Question about soil cement/alternatives

 
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Hey dudes, I'm wanting to harden a dirt car port floor. It's not used as a car port though, so it will only have foot traffic. At the moment it is just a compacted dirt floor. I'm thinking of trying out soil cement, but I have a very heavy clay soil. From what I've read, clay soils aren't ideal. Has anyone had any experience with soil cement with clay soils? Would it work if I just tilled in some sand to get a looser soil? Also, if you guys can think of any alternatives that are more environmentally friendly, I would love to hear them. Like I said, the space is just foot traffic, and wont even see much of that. Thanks
 
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Compacted clay can be very hard. You could try to compact a small section with a hammer and if that woks, maybe use one of these soil compactors used in construction?
 
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I would not bother with additives of any kind.
Find aggregate/ stones/ upto 10mm in size and pour over the ground.
I have used white pebbles about 12mm in size so I can see the ground in the moon light.
You can collect the gravel from the roadside after a new surface has been applied, or evn buy it.
I have had great success with it.
 
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Here are a few tips others have suggested, gravel paths
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