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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    Yea the grade is really not that steep. But that is what I am thinking. Just topsoil with seed. I think that would really get it stable. The only place that is washing out is where just dirt is. The grass section is fine.

    I have to agree with you here. I see no reason for a retaining wall. That why I mentioned just seeding it. But wanted some opinions on what I need to do to address the red clay.

    Yea I would have to rent a skid, and as far as a hydro seeder is it really necessary? Cant I just throw the seed down and rake it around slightly and straw the area?

    And here a few more pictures. Maybe give better idea how steep it is. I was kneeling down taking the pictures.

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    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011
  2. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree on Bermudagrass. Getting a little late for it though, so some annual ryegrass to stabilize until the spring. That's not that steep a hill, so should not be a problem.
     
  3. rywnygc

    rywnygc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I personally would not do anything aside from sod.

    Sod and lots of water. Easy.
     
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Before you do anything take a soil test to see why the grass that is growing is so sparse. Ad what the soil test determines is needed then ad good topsoil, starter fertilizer, seed and then roll the seed into the soil for good contact. Do not use straw unless you use a straw blanket and tack it down or better yet use Curlex plastic erosion control blanket.
     
  5. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sod may be easy but from the size it may be cost prohibitive and if the soil is poor the sod will die out anyway. That's why you take a soil test.
     
  6. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    by the looks of the pic i'd say u'd need 6-8 tons of topsoil to cover the area that looks bad and also use a quick grow seed like a rye and mix it with a decent grade seed. you shouldn't have any more problems after the new grass comes in.
     
  7. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
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    Yea Bermuda is getting a little late so it wouldnt work. Seems Ryegrass will be about the best solution. Yea the hill is not steep. I can put my rider on it so I dont know why people keep saying retaining wall.

    As someone else said I think sod would cost way too much.


    Yea ill check into doing a soil test. It just hard around here to get grass to grow in red clay. What do you mean by roll the seed into the soil?

    What is curlex plastic erosion control blanket? Is it pricey?
     
  8. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
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    Yea I guess it would make a difference if I told you the area I am working with. The property only runs to the top of the hill or barely over.
     
  9. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Curlex erosion control blanket is a green plastic biodegradable blanket for erosion control on slopes its available at www.amleo.com . Rolling the seed into the soil with roller helps insure great seed to soil contact for near perfect germination. Use the best seed you can find. Apply seed with a broadcast spreader then roll the area for great seed to soil contact.
     
  10. rywnygc

    rywnygc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I completely agree with testing the soil. Like others have said, I would add topsoil or bedding mix (topsoil, compost, manure, 10% sand) and then sod.

    There are multiple options, this is just what I would do if it were my job. If the customer wanted it seeded, I would not guarantee it.
     

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