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Landscaping Options for Eroding Hill

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by recycledsole, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Hey guys,
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    A client of mine has a property where the back yard is sloping towards their house. A lot of the back yard is eroded and its pretty bad. Hard to mow, and some small dry stream beds. It is shady also and the grass is not doing well. They are leaning towards mulching at least some of the area.
    Off the top of my head I was thinking to try and re grade, perhaps with a dingo, or the like and create some channels for the water to flow, maybe with river rock or something similar. There are some sick and ugly trees which some of them will be removed and others trimmed I am guessing.

    Do you all have any ideas, mainly for the water / erosion issues?
    thanks

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  2. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    Create a mulch area around the trees

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  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Thanks.
    Right between those 2 trees is the worst run off stream. Its very eroded there and it might just wash the mulch away. Im trying to figure out a way to manage the runoff / erosion that looks nice.
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Dress up the area with stone... Even if all the stone you use is the 1.5 inch river rock in the dry stream washouts... That is about the only thing that won't wash away and it can even be under the mulch...

    But beyond that, you are looking at 'rock garden' that is simple and cheap, or something that is as extravagant as your imagination... your idea of diverting water in various directions is a good one... I'd play with that idea for a while before I jump into it... :)
     
  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Yea, went over there today and noticed the customer has a lot of his neighbors water running into his yard. They are above him on a hill, so their water washes into his lawn. We are thinking to put a swale or dry well at the top of the hill running parallel to the picture (not going down the hill) and divert the water to the edges of the yard and see if that helps. Then a lot of mulching / ground covers and landscape shrubs and small trees.
    Any ideas are still welcome,
    thanks
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Trying to stop it dead in its tracks never works well,,, slowing it down, dispersing over a larger area while not letting it accumulate will be your best advantage... Working with the neighbor will be the biggest challenge... Spring thaw will tell the story, so let us know how it goes... :)
     
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    ok thanks I will keep updated
     
  8. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 498

    We just did a job very simular to yours.

    Cut down grass real low, sprayed glyphosate in the bed area, planted right into soil around roots, Used boulders to help with erosion and planted about 60 plants. Customer was very happy with the outcome

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  9. StackLawn

    StackLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Have you thought of a ground cover such as pachysandra or Joseph's coat within a large bed? Not being able to walk the land, it may be necessary to add a french drain as well. Of course if the homeowner has a larger budget, adding tiers to the yard may work out best. Your original thought on adding a mulch bed is also a good idea, especially in densely shaded areas. I know that others on this thread have excellent ideas too.
     
  10. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    I am trying to stay away from invasive ground covers. Ill be researching native ground covers and such hopefully the customer will like it. thanks stacklawn
    The flowerbed looks nice andersman. Boulders could be a good idea.
    waiting to hear back from the customer as the family makes their mind up on how many trees they want taken down, etc...
    THANKS!
     

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