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eah 02-28-2010 12:56 PM

Front Yard Sloped towards my house...
My husband and I just bought our house last Nov. and we are trying to think of ways to "fix" our front lawn. It has a steep slope going from the road to our house. Our lawn and driveway are really soggy -typical for a Vermont thaw i guess, but we want to make it look nicer and level out the yard if possble. We were thinking of maybe a retaining wall but thought I would hop on here to get some advise/ideas. I can post pics later if that would help.

Scuba_Dave 02-28-2010 01:01 PM

Do you have a picture ?

GardenConcepts 02-28-2010 03:26 PM

You could go the retaining wall route- just make sure there is enough drainage on the backfill side of the wall to prevent water and wet soil from moving the wall.

You also cut a swale perpendicular to the slope to carry the water away from the wall and the house.

Tonglebeak 02-28-2010 06:16 PM

One thing I'm in the process of doing (will restart once the snow melts) is to dig out a french drain around my house, and slope it towards the street. I've heard that I only need to go a foot down, and then I've heard I need to dig down to the frostline, but in either case, I have a 36ft exterior wall that has a huge slope that hits the house and brings the neighbors water with it.

You might want to consider a french drain.

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