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Railroad ties around water???

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by David W, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. David W

    David W LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Anybody ever use railroad ties around ponds like you see on golf courses? I seen where they're used to cause separation between the water and turf etc for a nice clean look? Just curious if any of you have experienced with this sort of thing.

    Working on a project at a small lake that has a dam. Along the dam is 2-3" of rip rap at the bottom than grass gradually tapering up about 7-8" to the top. Too steep for a mower to run on. Objective is to change the rip rap look and also the final grade won't go down to the water but to the retention wall of railroad ties, timbers, block etc for a clean look and for a ZTR to ride on.

    Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    depending on when the railroad ties were made, you may face some huge environmental issues. if you leach anything from those ties you are going to be shutting down your business with the amount of paperwork they (EPA, local agencies) will throw at you. step up to something a little higher end.
  3. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Messages: 65

    use gabion baskets fill them with 6-8inch river rock
  4. 4Russl5

    4Russl5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    Stack some of the limestone you have access to. It is illegal here for contractors to install creosote rail road ties. Our waterways are polluted with them. This is the perfect application for dry stone masonry. It is sustainable, it can be maintained in the future by other mason/landscapers with the original materials, there is no efflorvescence(?), it looks beautiful. It takes a little more time, but I'll bet you sleep better knowing your project is an asset to your company and not a ticking time bomb of a liability.
  5. David W

    David W LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Thank you all for the replies and info. Still weighing out all the options within the budget.

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