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Old 06-16-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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I live in Maryland and have a large back yard I love but comes with many issues. First issue: it has steep slopes that get full sun. Mulch runs off ,so soil stays dry. I've considered plants and grassess that grow full to take up space. Need landscaping ideas.

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I live in Maryland and have a large back yard I love but comes with many issues. First issue: it has steep slopes...
Terrace the slopes.
Retaining wall structure of some sort will probably be wanted.
but an afternoon with a bob cat should do most of whats needed.

At this point the planting could be as simple as lawn grass.

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Tiered armour stone would look nice too
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Just how steep a slope, and with what dimensions are we talking about here? You describe what sounds like some severe and fast run-off that hints at maybe needing a civil engineer or landscape architect to help you figure out how to grade the property. Just adding retaining walls or terracing it with stone could cause greater problems than you have. And if it routes water into neighboring property watch out!

Not saying terracing and/or retaining part of the land is not in your future. It is a matter of figuring out how safely.

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You shouldn't use mulch on a slope but should rather use pine needles as they'll tend to stay put.

I'll agree with the tiered walls (if the budget allows) if the slope is really steep...
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