Seeding a berm thats a 3 to 1 slope

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Deputy_Swan, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Deputy_Swan

    Deputy_Swan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    Hello, I got a bid/contract I am working on planting 130 acres of natural grass seed with a seeder, I plan on using a 45 horse compact utility tractor, with a 8 or 9 foot 3pt seeder. I am going to install wheel weights and put fluid in tires for added traction. It will all mostly be at a 3 to 1 slope or less, on back side of a earth dike that is being used to hold back water, after that I am installed straw errison blanket on top of it.

    Any advice would be helpful. anybody planted at this slope? I wanted to hydroseed it all but it would cost them to much they said.

  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    what exactly is your question?
  3. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    Any one else think that 100 acres of erosion blanket would be much more expensive than hydro seeding?
  4. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    My calculation is quite a bit more.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Maybe, but you'll get better erosion control with the blanket over hydro seeding.

    I wouldn't take any chances on a hydro seeding in this situation, especially because it's a levy.

  6. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    for 2 acres i could see this helping, but 100 acres?? control the situation with basic erosion control techniques and do a regular maintenance contract to fix the run off.
  7. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree that at that size hydroseeding should be cheaper than blankets. A good tackifier mixed in should handle the slope.
  8. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A job that size you should be able to find someone to hydroseed it for around 4 to 4.5 cents per foot which is going to be way cheaper than any other way and with a good tackifer it should hold fine even being a levy. I hydroseed banks a lot steeper than that without a problem.
  9. johnwright238

    johnwright238 LawnSite Member
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