Holding Mulch In Place

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mustang, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Mustang

    Mustang LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    I have a pretty steep slope that needs to be mulched. I've heard of some products that you spray on to keep mulch in place on a slope but have never used any. What have you used and how well has it worked?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I don't know if I would rely on spray of any kind... your best bet is in the selection of mulch itself... big hardwood chips will never mat down whereas if you water and walk on smaller chips of mulch they will soon form a hydrophobic layer over the surface of your slope...

    Is anything growing on that slope???
  3. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    Ive done some steep slopes what I have done is buy that p.o.s. black plastic edging that sticks up about 2 inches and put that in across the slope every 4-6 feet down and cover it with mulch it is hidden and provides a shelf to hold the mulch up
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,746

    i've seen pics on here of mulched slopes. i just don't get it really. if you did that here one downpour and all the mulch would be washed away. even if you put edging to hold it, it would wash right over the edging.
  5. boucherlawn

    boucherlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    On slopes, we install at a couple inch depth and then beat the snot out of it with a pitch fork as we install. Have almost never had a problem with mulch washing away... as mentioned before it will form a bit of a crust on top that water will run down for the most part.
  6. DFLS

    DFLS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    We are getting more and more heavy downpours and I am finding more washouts where there never were any before.

    Plant ground cover!!!

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