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Mulch for steep grade

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by NEPSJay, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Just curious as to what is the steepest grade you would recommend for a mulch install. customer of mine wants a steep embankment mulched w/ weed barrier fabric install. I dont like the idea. my thinking is a good rain would wash it all downhill. the size of the area is approx. 110 feet by 20 feet wide and is at least a 45 degree angle. I was thinking of possibly some colored stone or some low growing shrubs. Also i thought tiered block wall would be perfect but too much $$$ for him. Thank You!
  2. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    definitely no to the weed fabric, that will just be a mess later on. the mulch might hold if you use a triple ground (the dust kind of acts as a cement) but really your best bet would be some tall fescue if it is a sunny location.
  3. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    too steep for tall fescue. this must be as maintaince free as possible. thanks.
  4. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    could you install some sort of netting every few feet down the hill? just a 3" high black net that would hold the wood chips from falling down when it rained. other than this, you could plant some ferns or something.
  5. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    A coarse, kind of stringy bark mulch will hold better than double or triple ground mulch. The smaller you make the particles the easier it is for them to go into suspension during a heavy rain and float downhill. If a slope is so steep that you are afraid mulch will slide down a ground cover is probably a good option. If it is sunny try crown vetch. No maintenance once it is established other than a few minutes of weeding every year. Putting fabric on a slope and covering it with mulch could be a money maker for you. You'll be out there once a month throwing the mulch back uphill.
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    PSU is absolutely right about long strigy bark hholding the slope the best. Fabric acts as a ski slope.
  7. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    wildflower mix?
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    It's called Gorrilla Hair here..a triple ground..very processed stringy hairy bark.Put it on thick and pack it down good.I mean 5'' to 6'' thick.
  9. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Mulch is not an option at this point. At the bottom of the hill there is a white vinal stockade style fence, parallel to the bottom of the hill. The fence surrounds an inground swimming pool. I'm not looking for trouble w/ mulch in the bottom of the neighbors pool. any idea of how much to charge for mulch removal from an 8 ft deep swimming pool with divers scuba gear? I'll pass. I found some #3 size colored stone today i think might do the trick. Im also gonna suggest the low growing grounds covers. Any other suggestions, Please chime in. Thank you.
  10. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,899

    Mulch it then hire a hydroseeder to just spray it with tack. It will glue it in place till it rots away.

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