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Need some help on how to keep this hill from washing out

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mxrider52, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 298

    Hey thanks for the help. Yea I do not think it will be hard. It just you have to learn lol. But yea my plans were to rent a skidsteer and dig the hill back some and smooth it out since some dirt had washed down. Will it hurt to put the lime down and than dig on the hill? Or would it just defeat the purpose?
  2. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    I don't know how lime diffuses in the soil, but I would think it would not be available to the plants if it is buried after regrading. I would grade first, then lime, fertilize, and sow.
  3. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 298

    I got you. Ill head in that direction than. Would it be a good idea to mix in a compost with the soil or not? I just know since it is clay and it tends to dry out pretty easy.
  4. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,738

    Have you seen the hillside during a heavy rain? It looks like you could regrade the top to divert the water from pouring over the side. Once you do that I would reseed but if you don't regrade it'll probably keep washing out. Just my. 02
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  5. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 298

    Yea that the problem we have not had any hard rains in a while now. But I cannot tell where the runoff would be coming from unless it is just from the hard compaction of the clay making nothing soak in. But I was thinking of building the hill up at the top to make like a reservoir for whatever run off
  6. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,738

    If you can't see the problem that makes it a bit difficult but a reservoir with a drain in the middle with a pipe that runs somewhere might help contain the water. Once the issue of drainage is corrected then I would look into reseeding.
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  7. jasonc0203

    jasonc0203 LawnSite Member
    from N.C
    Messages: 48

    top soil
    excelsior matting+ sod staples

    There you go...
  8. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 298

    What about scraping the hill to remove some dirt that has washed down?

    SO how much do you guys think this project will cost? I got to figure out a price for the skidsteer rental still.

    I guess we could possibly do without digging on the hill and just putting down the correct chemicals and than seeding it with fertilizer along with an erosion mat?
  9. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    How much will this project cost? Nothing, this is going on for a month now, you have had many answers just do it.
  10. Premier landscaping south

    Premier landscaping south LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    Check out this months edition of Turf magazine. I just got through reading about how a company uses mulch on hills just like this one. You can find more detail in the article. Very interesting and u should find some answers to your questions their.

    Maybe mulch top half and improve the growth below if this is a reoccurring problem with keeping vegetation at top of hill.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011

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