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Hillside Home traditional-landscape

Hillside Home

AFTER: To slow down the water we used hardscape, soil and plants. For the hardscape, we installed two low walls using large limestone blocks (6"x12"). The blocks were drystacked to allow water to seep through easily. Extending about 20 feet upslope from the upper wall, we installed medium and large river rocks to slow the overland flows. This was underlaid by a subsurface river rock drain wrapped with landscape fabric that extended beneath the upper wall and into the first "rain garden". This rain garden was created with 12" of organic, myccorhizal fungi and 2" native hardwood mulch. It was then planted densely with native bull muhlies, whose roots will stabilize the soil and soil down any overland flows during high intensity rains. The lower slope was planted densely with Texas sedges, which will serve the same purpose.

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