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Ideas for backyard

Posted by mashedpotato GA - Zone 7A (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 5, 13 at 4:37

Have a huge soil pile in backyard that is full of weeds and quite an eyesore. What is a good way to deal with it.

The size is about 80 ft across x 40 ft x 12 ft (max height), This is all Georgia clay which is awful.

Bring in a dump truck and cut most of it?
If so is resultant open area (or gentle slope) easier/cheaper maintained by pine straw / mulch / bermuda sod?

Or is it better to do a terrace like structure with retaining wall? I guess that is going to cost a lot more.

I have an ad on CraigsList and it has multiple pictures attached to it.


Here is a link that might be useful: Craigslist gig post

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RE: Ideas for backyard

First, kill all weeds. You must maintain the weed-free condition while groundcover is establishing. (I would kill a couple of times over a period of 6-8 weeks.) Since the area is quite large and mostly sunny, you could hydroseed with Lespedeza if a taller groundcover will work for you. You may need a different groundcover for the shady areas, depending on how much of that there is. I see only disadvantages to using the concrete block edging.

RE: Ideas for backyard

Request the answer to 2 questions before posting the method I use for this type of situation when possible.
1. Distance between rear of house and beginning of the red clay slope?
2. Is that a roadway at the top of the slope where I see three telephone poles?

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