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Rocking a slope

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Dirt Boy, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Not sure if this is the right forum, but asked to bid on putting landscape rock on an area behind a building.
    Deal is this:
    - Narrow area, 10' from building to chain link fence and neigboring property.
    - goes out about 2 -3' then 45 deg.
    - primary goal is for erosion control.
    - aprox. 70' long, access at one end only, pretty much wheelbarrow access
    - local charity, so they are wishing to do as cheaply as possible
    I will be putting landscape fabric down, but my question is:
    1. what would you do so the rock just don't slide down the slope?

    Don't really have to keep the slope regular or pretty, IOW's I could put rows of larger rock embedded every 2' with smaller rock in between, but just questioning what would be the most feasible. Any way I cut it, it looks like a lot of handwork.

    Thanks Guys
  2. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Here's a pic.

    photo 1.jpg
  3. ma71t

    ma71t LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    In our area its called erosion stone, basically 4-5" stone but some smaller stuff mixed in. It would sit right on that slope no problem. I sure as sh*t wouldnt be doing it with a wheel barrow though. Looks like a job for a mini skid.
  4. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Not getting much back there, believe me, I'll try, but I just have my doubts.
    I could cut it flat at the base, then fill it back in as I work my way out, but not sure about that either.
    Size of rock sounds good, I'm just thinking that with the fabric the rock would just about roll right down the slope. Obviously, start at the bottom. Guess it might be ok, just haven't had to work with that kind of slope in such a tight space before.
  5. Crimson Lawn

    Crimson Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    That slope in a tight area like that stinks. If you did rock it would roll down over time anyway. Some may say do it and get the money and go back charge them more to redo it.
    I think you are right to cut it flat up within a foot of the A/C Condensor and the slab by the door. Install a stone wall then rock behind the wall up the building, seed or sod the rest. I do not know what your rock prices are there but here its nuts.
    You mentioned that it was for a local charity, they can purchase items tax free and get donations as well for this project. That may take a little money out of your pocket but in the long term it may bring you more business.
  6. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Thanks for the comments.
    Just got word that they plan on delaying doing anything until spring for sure, so we'll see what happes then.

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