We need to terrace a rather steep embankment on the side of our property (that drops down to the street) so we can get a load of fruittrees growing on that side of the yard! Being that it's on the street it needs to be relatively attractive and obviously not fail and dump a ton of dirt into the road.
We, like many, don't have unlimited funds and resources! So it needs to be cheap! We also have little experience in constructing such a thing but want to get this embankment productive!
1. put up a chain-link/wire fence to hold in the dirt and then have some kind of vines/plants growing up the fence. Would this work?
2. We have a possible hook up source on urbanite... but I have no experience constructing walls out of lots of chunks of busted up concrete and somehow making it level.
Any other ideas? The yard at the top of the embankment is relatively level but the street below slopes down so as you go down to the main road the embankment increases in height. I'd say it starts around 5' and ends up at a good 15' or slightly more.
was posted in another thread on the subject of terracing.
You will need to stablize the slope before it starts raining. Willow trees can put a lot of roots down very fast, by burying the branches. So thats a good solution. Using a variety of plants with roots of varying depth will help.
Power company, highway department, etc probably have Right-of-way along the road. Check your deed carefully, as you are probably not permitted any changes along their right of way. They probably can/will remove any plantings within their right of way. At the least, you would probably need an engineer to sign-off any form of retaining wall.
agreed with the trees part, the county most likely wont like trees under the lines, or you wont like how they prune them.
as for the terracing the easiest way would be to drive some tall stakes in the ground, rest some long strong boards up against it, and backfill with good soil. repeat above that. this way you dont even have to compromise the integrity the slope already has. once plants establish the roots will hold it all together.
i would go with some fruiting shrubs that dont get too tall.
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