Eroding soil under fence

eacollie(6)September 26, 2010

My house has a fence around the back yard. The property behind this fence has not yet been developed and slopes downward into the center. Rain has begun to erode the soil underneath the fence, such that the fence posts are now visible.

Any suggestions on what to do to correct this issue or who to consult with?

I'll try to get pictures and post them in the next few days.

Thank you so much for any help you can give!

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Planting shrub,adding rock maybe work.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2010 at 9:00PM
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Definitely gravel will help. I don't care for plants underneath or close to a fence since it makes maintenance of the plant and the fence difficult.

I'm talking about digging a trench along the fence bottom and filling it with gravel not just laying it along the edge.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 9:02AM
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Who owns the land behind your fence? If you get permission, you could do some erosion control before the water reaches your fence by placing small dams in the water's pathway. This would aid in allowing more water to percolate into the ground and less running off. It would benefit the trees, your neighbors land and your fence area. This type of work is done by volunteers on government owned land all the time. They use storm water best management practices. These are straw wattles, burlap gravel bags, straw etc. Aloha

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 6:16PM
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I have some pictures:

#1 and #2 two are behind the fence.
#3 shows the length of the fence.
#4 shows sample of erosion under the fence.
#5 shows the length of fence and its sway.

The property on the other side of the fence is still owned by the developer but up for sale. It is ground level at the street level for a few yards in, but then slopes downward toward the center.

If we dig a trench on both sides, fill it with rock, and then perhaps railroad tie on the back side will that help?

Thanks so much for any suggestions!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2010 at 8:50PM
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adding some shrub and rock work.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2010 at 9:22AM
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