I would much appreciate any help with this.
My front lawn is sloped anywhere from 30-35 degrees. It slopes away from my house and down to the front sidewalk. I'd say it rises to about 7-8 feet over 24 feet wide.
A long time ago, the owner had a nice grassy lawn. He used to mow it using a rope. The previous owners let it go to rubbish. I bought the house.
Thought process so far:
- Lawn looks like heck but I'll mow it anyways, maybe it'll pretty up.
- The hill has very little hold, slide and almost fall with mower multiple times.
- Tried with a rope... doesn't work on uneven lawns.
- conclusion: too painstaking and dangerous to mow or whipper this lawn
- next: leave it alone
- weeds spread to neighbour
- looks horrible... some long tall weeds mixed with grass and multiple flowers
- winter comes (phew)
- look for suggestions on what to do
- best suggestion seems to be to get rid of weeds, put in ground cover
- best way to kill weeds (apparently), cover lawn with tarps for a year
- spring here, buy tarps, cover lawn...
- tarps keep blowing off, flat rocks (even heavy ones 80lbs +) slide down the hill, round ones roll down, pegs come out after tarps flap
- conclusion: tarps don't seem to be working
I don't have the funds to build a large wall and terrace the lawn. I think the cheapest way to have this look decent is to clear out the weeds, put something in that doesn't have to be mowed and that doesn't spread easily and build a rockwall in between the neighbour's yard in case some weeds try to propagate.
How do I:
- get rid of the current weeds? Can I just take a garden tine (sp?) and tear away at this? or do I just keep working with the PITA tarps?
- when I am done, what will stop the small amount of soil that is there from washing away?
- what can I plant that will hold on a slope like this?
should I just dump a dozen dumptrucks of rock on it?!?!
Here is an image of the front yard as it was a few years ago... in a bit better condition:
Thanks again for your time.