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Old 03-26-2008, 06:37 PM   #1
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Leveling the slope toward my neighbor....


The side yard between my house and my neighbor's privacy fence slopes away from my house. That's great for drainage, but my wife wants to plant a vegetable garden there, as it gets most of the sun.

What is the best solution to level the yard (which is only about 9 feet wide), without adding undo stress on the fence?

I really want to build her a raised garden bed, but I would need to level the area anyway, in order for the bed to be level.

I am figuring about only needing about 2.5-3 cubic yards to bring the area level, not including extra for the raised bed.

Maybe adding boards along the bottom of the fence would be sufficient? Or is that not enough extra dirt to really matter?

Any thoughts will be appreciated!

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regarding the raised bed option: you would NOT have to level the ground underneath just make sure your posts are set Level to each other

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Instead of bringing in fill, how about cutting out to be level from the fence base?
perhaps some landscaping timbers or a 2-3 level retaining wall with 1 step could bring the grade from the house down to a fence-level garden area.
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If the area in question is acting as a drainage area, then you don't want to impede the flow of water. If you stop the drainage away from your house, then there is always the potential of water damage to your home.

If you terrace your raised bed, then the water may still drain from your house, but may or may not flood your garden. What to do? What to do?

I would recommend the following:

1. Place a layer of course gravel (1-1/2"-2" dia) on the low side of where your bed will run.

2. Onto to this run a length of perforated flexable 4" pipe wrapped in landscape fabric.

3. Cover this with another layer of gravel until the area is brought up to level
with the high side of the bottom of your raised bed.

4. The end of the perforated pipe should end up on the lowest section of your yard.

5. Cover the gravel with landscape fabric then add your soil back on top of this.

This should allow for proper drainage of your yard and of your raised bed.
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If the area in question is acting as a drainage area, then you don't want to impede the flow of water. If you stop the drainage away from your house, then there is always the potential of water damage to your home.

If you terrace your raised bed, then the water may still drain from your house, but may or may not flood your garden. What to do? What to do?

I would recommend the following:

1. Place a layer of course gravel (1-1/2"-2" dia) on the low side of where your bed will run.

2. Onto to this run a length of perforated flexable 4" pipe wrapped in landscape fabric.

3. Cover this with another layer of gravel until the area is brought up to level
with the high side of the bottom of your raised bed.

4. The end of the perforated pipe should end up on the lowest section of your yard.

5. Cover the gravel with landscape fabric then add your soil back on top of this.

This should allow for proper drainage of your yard and of your raised bed.
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