The best way to sod a steep, but small bank

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by guitarman2420, May 5, 2011.

  1. guitarman2420

    guitarman2420 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Midlothian, VA
    Messages: 617

    I have a client that has a gorgeous stand of grass, but a small 2'X25' steep bank that goes down to a sidewalk that has soil erosion. I'm trying to think of the best way to add some soil, plus keep the sod in place and have a successful rooting of the sod. Any suggestions? The only thing I can think is to pack some soil under the sod and then stake the sod down.

    I've tried to suggest ground ivy or a retaining wall and they don't like the look and it's in a historical section of Richmond, VA where they are trying to match the neighborhood
  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    That's what I was going to suggest.

    Just a curiosity thought....does the historical society have a list of
    acceptable plant materials that can be used?

    Can you redirect the water flow from the top? A French drain or hidden drain opening going into pvc?
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Hello, I came across this product called "GrassGrid" Perhaps you can get some ideas from their website. I'm not suggesting to use storm fence, but perhaps a geogrid like
    they use in retaining wall building might work for you once it is secured to the hillside and you pin the turf to it?

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