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Old 06-30-2008, 05:42 PM   #16
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My yard is ugly and I don't know an easy way to fix it.


Nice work!!!

I'm hoping to resell this one so I won't be doing anything remotely as elaborate but there's always the next house.

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Old 07-01-2008, 12:11 AM   #17
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Agree, you need a bobcat and to start over. Hard work, but it will come together in the end. Here's some info on starting a yard over.
http://www.allaboutlawns.com/backyard/reclaiming-your-lawn-how-to-replace-a-lawn.php

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Old 07-02-2008, 08:40 PM   #18
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Hello all, just noticed this thread.

No one has suggested a rock rake on a tractor. If your main goal is to get most of the gravel out of the yard, that would save a lot of back work getting it all to one side or in a pile, IF it's not compacted to badly. You may need to scratch if first with an all-purpose plow. Maybe you could find someone who could use it as a base layer to haul it off, maybe free, or someone could use it who has a gravel driveway in the country where appearance might not be too critical but they want to fill in some ruts. The small tractor you have available would probably load a pickup.

What's that saying about every man's trash...?

Considering the above compaction question, it is possible that simply covering what you have with soil would create a hardpan that would prevent adequate drainage. That may have already been addressed and I missed it. If so, I apologize. I have seen that happen more than once on old store sites, road banks, etc where 90% had to be replanted because they were sitting in a water table 6-8 inches below the surface. May not be a problem with your site, just something to consider. Dig a hole like you are doing a perc test and see what it does down in there, at least ballpark.

Since you plan on selling, at least a decent lawn would be good for the curb appeal, but I like the idea of shrubs and flowers. Don't know how long that fence area is but you could do a lots there with some mixed evergreens- boring azaleas, hollies, etc. Well, the azaleas are boring if everyone else on the street has them, but you could use them as fillers with a few more expensive shrubs, couple of Knockout roses. Oops, there I go designing and we're supposed to be getting rid of that gravel!
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:46 PM   #19
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Thanks a lot for the great post downunder.

The "dirt" in that area of the yard is very compacted, but is also the highest point in the yard. The fence area is probably about 70-80'. I would love to get a bunch of shrubs and flowers for that space but the budget is pretty tight at this point. I'm considering just running the driveway back up into the yard there for more parking and also to keep the cars in the driveway while turning around. I would make it about 2 cars wide.

That seems like the easiest idea at least. Having a plus sign shaped driveway. Then I could put down the edging and still have a nice look compared to what I've got now. At least there would be defined driveway vs yard. A little more weed eating but not too much more.
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:55 PM   #20
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A word of caution:

What's the water table like around your area? And What Types of soil do you have?

I speak from experience on this one, you may want to have a soil analysis test done to ensure that the gravel isn't there to allow water drain down and flow away from the property. It may be ugly but it may also serve a purpose.
The soil in our neighborhood is clay after only a few inches which means that after a few days of rain the topsoil is saturated, and the water has nowhere to go but wherever the land lets it. We are now in the process of looking into soakways & drywells.

Just a thought...as we too had and ugly yard and removed the gravel.....
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:47 AM   #21
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Sounds like a good idea if I'm going to cover up the gravel or remove it. Shouldn't be an issue if I add more gravel though right? I'm the opposite of an expert when it comes to this kind of stuff.
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Keyser, are you leaning toward just adding more gravel and defining the driveway or some kind of landscaping process? Just a little confused from the original post/title and where we are now.

Adding more gravel not a problem. You might want to consider some edging to hold it in place so it won't scatter across the yard. That may be how it got like this in the first place.
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I am now considering just adding some gravel and defining the driveway. It never hurts to have a little easier turnaround and more parking. It would be the easiest and cheapest solution I think.

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