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How to keep mulch from running downhill.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Keeper57, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. Mac-s Lawn & Snow

    Mac-s Lawn & Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 535

    Around these parts we can get red cedar mulch that will hold on that hill. It has a lot of finer particles that don't float away like hardwood mulch will.
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  2. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,261

    This isn't an end all solution but it does help greatly if you don't want to go the full route and cost of edging. And even with edging you run the risk of pooling and having an overflow issue if the rain was fast and heavy enough. Upstream where you see you have a drain problem place a half dozen or so decorative rocks. We have used AR fieldstone but I guess that would vary on locale. Then do the same towards the end of the run. It will slow the speed of the washout and save some of your mulch. And I think it looks nice too. Make sure gutter downspouts arent also dumping into the mulched bed area. If it is try running a drain extension away from the downspout out of the bed area. My $ .02
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  3. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    Use pine straw instead.
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  4. OP

    Keeper57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I am up north in Connecticut area haven't seen much pine straw around. Is it easy to spread? Thank you for your response.
  5. Bfish

    Bfish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I've used a small section of soaker hose rather than edging (Colmet) for holding back some of the mulch. Works on mild grade, not at all on steep grades.
  6. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    Didn't realize you were up north but check with your local nursery to see if they can get some bales of pine straw. Pine straw or any shredded type mulch will stay put better than mulch chips.

    Also, you might try a search for rubber mulch mats. They are shaped like tree rings for trees and they have rolls that you can roll out and cut to fit.

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