Need some help on how to keep this hill from washing out

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mxrider52, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
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    I have a customer that has a hill that is washing out onto the road when it rains. It not a very steep hill. I am just looking for some opinions as to what I can do with it. I think if we got some grass to grow on it, it would really help from washing the mud down. But getting grass to grow on clay is pretty hard. What other options can I do? If we were to just seed the area how should I go about it? Here are the pictures.

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  2. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    I can tell you what "I" would do, if it were on my property.....

    I'd have a new, ornamental bed.
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, a bed with plenty of plantings to hold the hill in place.

    A retaining wall would be my next choice.

    And my third would be to use plantings along with med-small boulders to keep the hill in place.
     
  4. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    if you are stuck on doing grass you need to bring in some better soil to mix in and then see or sod. however, a wall or plantings would be your best bet.
     
  5. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If your set on grass on that bank i would bring in a little topsoil and seed it straw it. But before you do that you should start at the top of the bank and build that up alittle to send the water in a different direction just as long as the water isn't going to the neighbors.
     
  6. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
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    turf stone i would do a wall tho
     
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    tiny grade like that top dress with some decent soil and hydro seed with a good mix that contains at least 20/25% annual rye for fast stability.
     
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    tiny grade like that top dress with some decent soil and hydro seed with a good mix that contains at least 20/25% annual rye for fast stability. Smarten up guys a retaining wall for that location is unjustified.

    thats a 3 hour job with a skid, materials and a hydro seeder. 4 hours max 700.00 / 800.00 done.
     
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I believe Bermuda will grow in Tenn. So you might try Bermuda as a perennial turf along with a Rye or millet as a quick fix. I am not sure if Perennial Peanuts grow in your area but they are great for hills, both eroision control and maintenances. Perennial peanuts grow low to the ground and can be mowed or weed eaten once maybe twice a year.
     
  10. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Posts: 297


    Yea that crossed my mind but I think he wants a cheaper way to go about it. All he wants to do is keep the mud off the roadway.

    Yea I was thinking grass And it probably the cheapest route.

    Yea I was thinking it needed better dirt. How much topsoil do you think you would put down first before seeding. Yea I am not sure where the water is coming from there is a parking lot up above but it is all curbed off. I do not think it is washing out too much. It just getting enough mud on the road that cars are tracking it throughout the parking lot.

    Thanks for the advice so far. Keep them coming.
     

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