How do I stop poolside erosion?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Port City Lawncare, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Port City Lawncare

    Port City Lawncare LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 75

    The lawn is nice and full except for one spot located directly under a small oak. The shade factor is really bad. I was thinking of filling it with topsoil, then placing brown gravel and junipers. Is the erosion going to continue once I've placed some ground cover down?
  2. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    can you get some pictures, maybe?
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Junipers hate shade almost as much as grass does. Consider planting shade-loving shrubs or groundcovers. Also, Oaks are very efficient at taking up water so they are strong competition for small plants such as grass. A dry,shade-loving groundcover is Lamium. If you have adequate moisture, many others will do well including Leucothoe, Hostas, Nandina, Vinca Minor, Liriope, Hellebores, English Weeping Yews, Microbiota and bunches of perennials.
  4. Port City Lawncare

    Port City Lawncare LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 75

    Thanks Lanelle. We've decided to reduce the canopy from the Oak in the NEIGHBORS yard. Hopefully once this is done we can go and resod the area w/out bringing in rocks to seperate the yard around the pool.
  5. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    Problem with canopy reduction is, is it only temporary. That tree is bound and determined to get a certain size. I usually recommend what Lanelle said. Ground cover can expand to fit the growing shade spot.


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