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Steep & Hilly Back Yard

Posted by B*Mann on October 3rd, 1997 11:52 PM
In reply to Steep and hilly yard by Paul C. on October 2nd, 1997 09:21 AM [Go to top of thread]

Thanks for your interest. I'll TRY
to keep this short -- but it's a
big yard and a big story.
The house sits at the highest
point of the yard. The ground,
in general, slopes to the back
property line (a drop of app.
8-15 feet). In addition, there
are also slopes from the east
property line toward the middle
of the property. In fact, there are
two such side slopes. One is at
the midway point of the yard,
and one also near the back
property line. These are not
quite as severe as the primary
slope, but significant, nonetheless.
The ground also features a lot
of, what I'm guessing is, old
mole tunnel damage. The ground
is VERY rutty and bumpy. I
compare it to the surface of the
moon, in fact. There are some
very big ruts left from where the
previous homeowner backed
in a truck to place a storage shed
in the back yard. The entire yard is,
completely covered with ground
cover (either grass or weeds). All in
all, the terrain beats up my mower very
There is a horse pasture directly
in back of my property line. In
addition, the general slope of the
ground also dips distinctly to the
west, towards my neighbor's
back yard.
There are no trees within the
property area and about five or
six types of grasses, with the
most prominent being zoysia and
watergrass (along with about
3000 varieties of weeds, not
to mention my buddies, the
The back yard is app. 10,000
square feet (125L x 80w).
My general goal is to make at
least a portion of the yard
usable for family activities. As it
is, there are so many ruts, holes
and hills, the kids will break an
ankle out there.
I'm sorry this follow-up was so
long, but you asked for more
Thanks again.
Glenn Beckmann

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