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Old 12-02-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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We need a little advice/help with our backyard. I've attached a photo. We have plans (next weekend) to build a small retaining wall right beside the house to slightly divert the swail. We will then install a french drain to divert that displaced water flow. We also have a plan to divert water from drain pipes currently on the hill. All water flow will be going behind the fence onto what is also our property. So we have the drainage situation mapped out already.

Here is our issue. We had planned on bringing in a truckload of dirt/topsoil to cover the new drainage system. This would be in a few weeks when we complete the project. Our initial plans were to then cover this added dirt/topsoil with sod. We eventually will. We also eventually want to add hedge bushes on the hill for soil stability. BUT we don't want to do either now because we are afraid that it is too late in the season to plant.

Does anyone have any bandaiod suggestions for covering the dirt during the winter months until we can plant the sod and bushes? Once we get the drainage under control, we shouldn't have a huge amount of water flow, but we don't want the dirt to just wash away. We do live in a neighborhood with codes, so it can't be totally ugly. We could get away with maybe hay straw? This would be temporary, but we would even consider inexpensive mulch or pine straw if that would be more effective.

I did attach a photo to give you an idea of what the slope will be.

Any thoughts whatsoever would be appreciated greatly!
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I thought sod could be put down most any time the ground was not frozen. It may be too late for grass SEED, but I would not be so certain about sod.

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Old 12-03-2010, 03:35 PM   #3
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Does anyone have any bandaiod suggestions for covering the dirt during the winter months until we can plant the sod and bushes? Once we get the drainage under control, we shouldn't have a huge amount of water flow, but we don't want the dirt to just wash away. We do live in a neighborhood with codes, so it can't be totally ugly. We could get away with maybe hay straw?
Ayuh,... I'd get it to grade, 'n overseed it with a grass clover mix, then cover it with hay/ straw mulch...

Come spring, rake the mulch off, 'n you'll probably have the jump on a great lawn...
If not, til it, 'n sod over it,.. Whatever grew, 'n the mulch remenants will just feed the new sod...
The straw/ hay mulch, put down Heavy, will hold the soil, while not lookin' to awlful bad...
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