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Old 05-05-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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I have a sloped backyard. How can I (cost-effectively) make the slope less steep? Retaining walls are always peoples first thoughts...but they are expensive and cut off the rest of the property. I was wondering if there is a way just to pile more dirt on and maybe put down a kind of netting to keep it there? This is why I am not a landscaper.

Looking for any ideas to help flatten a sloped backyard cost-effectively.

Thanks!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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I have a sloped backyard. How can I (cost-effectively) make the slope less steep? Retaining walls are always peoples first thoughts...but they are expensive and cut off the rest of the property. I was wondering if there is a way just to pile more dirt on and maybe put down a kind of netting to keep it there? This is why I am not a landscaper.

Looking for any ideas to help flatten a sloped backyard cost-effectively.

Thanks!!
I was going to say a retaining wall, that was my first thought. Anyhow, you can bring in fill dirt and level it off. After doing so, you'll need to put sod or ground cover on it to keep the dirt from eroding away. Check Craigslist for free or cheap fill dirt.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Hillsborough, NC
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There are a lot of variables here... how big is the yard, how steep the slope, what's at the bottom of the slope? Water is an unforgiving foe, you should be careful about just bringing in dirt and leveling it. You might find you create a whole lot more (and bigger) problems than you solve.

This would be worth calling some professional landscape/grading companies, see if they'll give you a free estimate and see what they think can be done.

Retaining walls are expensive, but if done well, they don't have to cut off property and can enhance your use. With well placed stairs it can turn your yard into multiple "rooms" - maybe one for a patio, one for grassy kid-play and another for a garden.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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You keep saying "cost-effectively" so I suspect you mean that you have almost no budget for this project. In that case, the simple answer is, there is no way to do it. Your choices are retaining walls, which are big bucks, or else trucking in lots of dirt and equipment to spread it, which is also big bucks. Either way it's a big project even for a small yard.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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Is your backyard wooded? Existing trees typically do not like having their soil levels changed.

As noted above, water drainage is critical too. Consulting a pro is probably a good idea.

Frank
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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Can you get us a (some) picture(s)? Being able to see what you are working with would be a big help.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Midtown Raleigh
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You can get a bid from SiteScapes - they can tell you what must be done for the slope.

Site Scapes: Home
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:25 PM
 
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You keep saying "cost-effectively" so I suspect you mean that you have almost no budget for this project. In that case, the simple answer is, there is no way to do it. Your choices are retaining walls, which are big bucks, or else trucking in lots of dirt and equipment to spread it, which is also big bucks. Either way it's a big project even for a small yard.
Right. You would be surprised just how much dirt you need to level off what looks like a small area. Either way you will likely need a pro to help.
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