Ground work and landscaping are important when laying asphalt. The base of asphalt is where it gets all of its strength, so if the base is weak than your asphalt won’t last. All clay, grass, and big rocks should be removed. Your slab base should be 18- 24 inches of 6 inch minus (gravel with rocks no bigger than 6 inches) and your surface gravel should be 4-6 inches 2” minus or smaller gravel. Any old asphalt that is to far gone should be taken out so the base can checked to make sure everything is okay. The base work is where most of the time goes in to making sure it is ready for asphalt.
The landscaping is important to make sure water is going away from and off the asphalt. Water is the number one issue for asphalt. The water causes heaving, and causing cracks. We offer everything from loaming the edges to entire rebuilding of your lawn. An exposed edge of asphalt is a weak point and should have loam or gravel level to strengthen the edge and prevent cracking or breaking.