Return to the Landscape Design Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Ground cover help- mud and mulch beds are washing away

Posted by zimm17 Virginia (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 2, 13 at 12:12

We moved into a new house. The landscaping is a mess. All the mulch beds are bare dirt and on slopes. During heavy rain we get mud/water falls down the tiers in the pics and what little mulch is in the beds out front washes into the grass. What can I put down? More mulch? Rocks? I'd rather not use plants as I don't want to help critters and bugs find homes. Low to no maintenance is key.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Ground cover help- mud and mulch beds are washing away

It is plants--those devices with roots anchored into the soil--that do the best job of holding soil in place. A tremendous volume of water cannot wash them loose. Mulch, even if rocks, wash if the water flow is heavy enough. Mulch is a temporary solution, not a permanent fix. A plastering over of concrete will probably be the lowest maintenance solution and prevent bugs and critters from feeling welcomed. But is there no eventual interest in having something nice looking?


 o
RE: Ground cover help- mud and mulch beds are washing away

You already have hostas. They are free to dig and divide as you wish and will fill that space. No mulch needed.


 o
RE: Ground cover help- mud and mulch beds are washing away

Solidly paving the ledges with concrete would make the water flow worse, not better. You need to slow it down, and get it to soak in. Plants are the absolutely best way to do that. They do not harbor vermin you need to worry about.

Start your flood control efforts by the trees at the rear, or by the fence behind them.

For now, use anti-erosion tubes : make rolls of straw or dry leaves or wood shavings and burlap and lay them across the slope of the terraces every couple of feet, held in with wooden stakes. You have probably seen these, but way longer, across the slopes of construction sites.

On the uphill side of the tubes, start planting perennials with deep roots: ornamental grasses, shrubs, dense ground covers, etc. Whatever grows well in your area.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Landscape Design Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here