Help: What should I do?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Dig-it Landscaping, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. Dig-it Landscaping

    Dig-it Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I have a client that has an erosion problem. His back yard is the peak of a very tall hill and the right side of his yard is getting very eroded. When i first saw the job i thought a set of retaining walls terracing it down would slow down the water enough to control the water. then once i got the transit out and started measuring the elevations i found out that it would be nearly impossible and definitely not practical to terrace it down. after i told him this and that what he was looking for was beyond my ability he told me that 2 other contractors had been out and done the same thing as me. So i thought i would take a more simplified approach to it by possibly putting rip rap down the side of the hill to slow the water down. This also caused a few problems because I have never used riprap before and i am not 100% sure that it would work, or if there is a way to make riprap look better. Any suggestions or rules when using riprap would be greatly appreciated. If it is necessary i can get pictures of the job site. Thanks for any help.
  2. DowntoEarthLLC

    DowntoEarthLLC LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 121

    get someone who has done it before.
  3. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    Look for a drainage specialist to sub it to.

    This is not a job for someone not experienced .

  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I agree this job could cause you a liability lawsuit if not done correctly.You could be held responsible if he looses the hill and his house and yard with it.
    I am still amazed by these people who build on
    areas like this and then go "OH wow what do I do !"Oh geeze look it the hill is erroding,wow!"I guess some really don't know that when alot of water hits exposed earth it errodes and washes down.You would think it's a basic simple principle but some don't realize what errosion can do tell they see it and it's too late.

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