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Erosion Control Products?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lawnmaniac883, May 30, 2007.

  1. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Ok so my customer lives in a residential neighborhood, has a fenced in backyard. Only problem is that the backyard and its fence borders a drainage creek so his property is progressively being eroded by the elements and the area under his fence has been washed away now leaving about a one foot gap under the fence. What kind of products could be used to retain the rest of his dirt and prevent it from being washed away. I know there are silt fences and such, I'm looking for something more permanent. Thought about the bags of concrete that get stacked to make a makeshift retaining wall? Noone see's the area so beauty is not a concern.
  2. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    a picture might be helpful....how big is this problem, i found a lot interesting pictures of stuff by doing a google search....are you looking for instructions on how to build a retaining wall, a retaining wall is pretty much your only option..... material wise you got rock stone concrete wood....... a picture would be nice
  3. jeffinsgf

    jeffinsgf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 641

    The most effective erosion control material is living plant material. I would replace the eroded top soil and get some quick growing ground cover going.
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Only problem with living material is right now we are in a really bad drought and there is no way to get water to the area. Its not a big area at all, maybe 15 - 20 feet wide and only 7 or so feet deep.
  5. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    The plant material suggestion isa good one , but your idea of bags of concrete is a low cost option that will work - just stack them dry , offset the joints and backfill - it won't look very good from the back side , though.
  6. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Not worried about looks as this will be done on the opposite side of the fenceline then backfilled with topsoil.
  7. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    I have a customer that has a hillside that is washing away and weeds too. I am thinking about crown vetch to give them a no maintenance solution and help the erosion problem. They do not want a wall I tried to get them to do it.

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