Retaining wall question

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Bleed Green, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,514

    The brown is pine needles and they are where the majority of the washout is occurring. You guys think it would be smarter to just sod the area that has pine needles currently?

    Thanks for the replies and advice guys.
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  2. sdlandscape

    sdlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I would say sodding would be your cheapest option but consider water costs and actual usage of the space, you could also put plants on the perimeter of the existing lawn without blocking the view and maybe that will break it up, or if the money is right go with the retaining wall which will give the place a more elegant look in my opinion
  3. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's kind of what I was thinking that the wall would give the property a nicer look.
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  4. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    A nice ground cover, our if you want to try to sell more you could use other plants to frame the view to make it a focial point.
  5. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 645

    Unless you put in a garden wall, i.e. a freestanding structure I don;t see where a wall will retain any type of grade, also a garden wall will obstruct the view so that's not good.

    I would go with some ground cover, maybe a dry creek type deal to handle washout in certain areas.
  6. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    No wall needed.
  7. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I hadn't considered a dry creek bed. I'll see what they think about that idea.

    Thanks for the replies. I am working hard and trying to learn more everyday.
  8. ronr1960

    ronr1960 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    If these are the pictures of your problem area the best way to fix this is to install dry creek beds in the areas where the run off occurs. There is no major slope shown and the beds could be accented with grasses and other plant material to offer a nice break to the landscape.
  9. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    That property could easily handle a 2 - 2.5 foot wall. Theres quite a slope there, to me anyway. Don't think i'd want to see SRW block used though. A natural stone wall would look the balls and make that back yard. You should really consider what a dump that place is though, you know, make sure the deposit check clears before you start any work. Sell them a wall, grading, plantings and sod! Good luck!!!
  10. Krafty

    Krafty LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from St. Louis MO
    Messages: 704

    That sounds ethical sell them something they don't need!!

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