Camp Nelson National Cemetery
Mike Niklarz was one of two guys from Camp Nelson that spent time at Los Angeles National Cemetery learning how to install Grasspave2 structures under the marker stones. Mike said that LA has theirs flush with the grass on their relatively flat sites. These sites undulate in compound curves, so they have tried several things and have decided to stay within a tolerance of 1” above the soil and keep the stones level as you look at them and not tip them with the ground contours.
6980 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356, Contact Cemetery Director, Patrick H. Lovett, phone 859-885-5727, [email protected]
950 m2 (10,226 sq ft)
Patrick H. Lovett, Cemetery Director, Camp Nelson National Cemetery
Camp Nelson National Cemetery staff
By using rows of Grasspave2 underneath the grave markers, the goal is to prevent them from sliding, tilting, or heaving from soil movement. GP2 provides support for a stable setting bed that distributes forces over a greater area thus eliminating annual repositioning of markers.
One continuous mat of Grasspave2, several meters long is laid down in a straight line, then limestone is used for fill into the rings and for leveling these 4” deep markers. Notice the Grasspave2 even between the markers in one long strip.
The difficulty has been the different depth of the markers - 4”, 3”, and 2-3/4” deep. For thin markers such as this one, two layers of GP2 was installed underneath in order to get the height similar to markers shown in the above photo.
Row on the right where markers have been moved to strip sod is symbolic of the twisting and tilting that is common. Row on the left has GP2 underneath the level markers which are all in a line, stepping down with grade changes. Limestone was used as a filler and leveler.
Row of markers with Grasspave2 a half meter wide (20”) are all in a neat row. The hilly terrain should not impact any forces to move the markers downhill since they are now all connected together.
Finish grade is 1” below the top of the marker. Grave sites are now ready for seeding. Mowing over markers should be easier with approximately 2” high grass. The need for workers using handheld mechanized trimmers around each marker should be reduced.