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    Thumbs down wash out

    The side of our yard has a slight slope and when it rains everything wash down to the gate & leaves a muddy mess. We planted a few plants, put some stepping stones and put down mulch. It looked wonderful & got rid of the mud. NOW THE PROBLEM. We have had more than our normal amount of rain & storms this year, that washes the mulch down. Is there something we can put on the mulch to make it stable? Or some other solution to this problem? I've been going out and raking it back up.

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    Default Re: wash out

    you could put in a small decorative retaining walls and have it terraced. done with a plan and careful thought and it can be quite appealing

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    Default Re: wash out

    You can use staked erosion mats under the mulch. You can get mats that are entirely biodegradable.

    If you have one spot that is continually washed out, consider installing a drain pipe under the surface, and use the erosion mats and mulch on top of that.

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    Smile Re: wash out

    Quote Originally Posted by mpriley05 View Post
    You can use staked erosion mats under the mulch. You can get mats that are entirely biodegradable.

    If you have one spot that is continually washed out, consider installing a drain pipe under the surface, and use the erosion mats and mulch on top of that.
    I like the idea of the erosion mats, I've never heard of them before. The slope isn't big enough really for a retaining wall.

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    Arrow Re: wash out

    You may also consider regrading the area a bit. We recently re-graded and landscaped an area with the same problem. All the mulch kept washing away to the gate. Even with small decorative liners, the mulch would still wash away to the liner, leaving the rest barren.

    We ended up re-grading the entire area to create a slope away from the building and towards the opposite side. A gradual slope allow water to flow without washing away the mulch.

    We just got a heavy rainstorm, and I went back and checked. All the mulch is still in place. We did plant a few bushes here and there for stability, laid down a few slate tiles with success.

    No pile up mulch happen.

    Allison
    http://www.novapros.com

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