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erosion issue

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by avguy, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is an area at the very front of my property that I'm having some erosion problems with. I've filled it in with top soil & re-seeded twice now only to have 2 torrential downpours about a week apart wipe out my work. I can't help but feel if I could get 10-14 days of little or even moderate rain it would stay in place long enough to germinate & I'd be good to go.
    So my question is am I doing this right? I've installed some edging to re-direct some of the water & I have the blanket tacked down pretty good. I don't want to sod as I'm trying to match the existing seed I already have. Is there something else I need to be doing?

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  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Keeping the surface runoff to a minimum is going to be your best bet. The matting you have is good, and whatever that is along the driveway should be good as well. Cant really judge the slope by pics, but if you can slow down anything that comes from above you will be better off. For your particular situation it might help to surround the area with flexible drain piping with a few stakes to hold it down. It will slow down the water that crashes into it and doesn't cost a lot. Most other methods would likely be overkill for what I see.
     
  3. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
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    Or stake down some square bales of hay at the upper end to slow the water down. Remove once your seed has germinated
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  4. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Only issue with that is the potential for unwanted seed contamination. For a lot of situations that is the way to go though.
     
  5. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wheat straw is sterile but still possible contamination. I woulda slapped down sod myself, but understand wanting the seeded areas to match.
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  6. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 551

    Thanks for the replys! I do have some flexible drain pipe....are you saying to just lay it on the ground? The water won't just run under it?
     
  7. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    Either drive spikes through it or lay some rocks or boards over it in a few spots. The water could go under it, but the idea is to slow it down and break it up.
     

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