Suggestions for a problem area

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Envy Lawn Service, Mar 25, 2003.

  1. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd like to get a few pre-bid opinions on what I should suggest be done for this area. I'm placing bid for an annual full service contract here. But I don't like the looks of this area and would like to make some polite suggestions to better this problem area. Before placing the bid of course...

  2. Envy Lawn Service

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  3. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looks like a natural drainage area, where the water is supose to flow from one end to another, right?

    I would suggest that you raise the low area so that there is a more defined 2-4' ditch where the water is and lay crushed rock in there.
  5. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
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    Better check with the local governing body first to see what you are allowed to do with this area. Good luck.

  6. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would use some wetland plants. Water Canna, Cattail, etc.
  7. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    I say you could go with either idea. I am not sure on codes or anything in your area, so as advised I woudl check.
    etierh go wit hthe traditional gravel or stone. Or work with the whole water feature idea. Might be a little messy since it's filled already! :cool:
  8. chrisby316

    chrisby316 LawnSite Member
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    FILL IT IN! :D
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Say huh? :confused:
    Yeah it's a drainage area. They added another building on the site and "tried" to route the drainage from the new tile (forground) into the old tile (background). Needless to say the pitch for drainage from point A to point B is off.

    I don't know if they just didn't realize it was bad due to the extreme drought when the building was built or if the problem is a result of sediment and debris buildup.

    In any event, your idea is one of the options I'll offer.
    I will definately do so! I want to find out both what will be allowed "code wise" and what will be cost effective.
    Good idea there! What would be something that would still survive if it became dry there during the heat of the summer?
    Yup, messy job alright! That's why I want to suggest a good pre-bid solution. The area is very visable. So it could get to be a real pain to service and keep it looking good. That's the last thing I want. I'd rather deal with the extra work and mess once rather than all season if you know what I mean.
    The area could maybe be tiled and filled in "IF" the two tiles were anywhere near the same size!
  10. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't know plant material in NC, but if it was here in NE Illinois I would recommend native prairie (wet mesic prairie) that can take the wet conditions in spring and the dry heat in summer. Things like Sedges, Swamp milkweed, Asters, Turtleheads, Joe Pye Weed, Queen of the Prairie, Fringed Gentian, Prairie Blazing Star, Cardinal Flower, Great Blue Lobelia, or Obedient Flower. Good luck.


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