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Installing A SFG on a slope is very hard work

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Installing A SFG on a slope is very hard work

Post  erbarnett on Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:22 pm

Finally I am giving advice instead of asking for it. Today I finished installing a 4 by 4 SFG in my backyard. The plot I chose sloped down by only about ten degrees. I thought it would take about three hours to install. Instead it took three days and over eight hours to complete. I had to cut into the slope from the down side, drag the soil down the hill, and dispose of extra soil in a wheelbarrow by dumping it down a nearby hill. I spent many hours working with a carpenter's level and trying to get the site perfectly flat. My advice: avoid slopes if at all possible. This is rough work for one person.

I will say that, now that I am finished, it looks very nice and I have plenty of sun by a good southern exposure. My back is a little sore but I am sure I will feel better tomorrow morning. 8- 22- 2010, zone 6


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Post  boffer on Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:56 pm

I'm sure you'll sleep well tonight knowing you did a top-notch job, and that your plants won't be growing at an angle.

Happy Gardening

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Post  Megan on Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:48 pm

WOW! Congratulations! rock on

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Post  pattipan on Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:17 pm

I posted this to the wrong thread and it's too late to delete it now. Momentary finger lapse?? Anyway, I am repeating it here. Went back to check my answer and could not find it. Thought I was going nuts!


Our SFG is on a slight slope, east and north sides. Kind of hard to get away from slopes here in the mountains! It was a lot of work initially, but it's worth it! Although...I have to confess the hubby did 95% of the box-installing labor. I supervised. Wink This picture was taken August 3rd.


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Re: Installing A SFG on a slope is very hard work

Post  kahrani on Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:13 pm

Yes it's pretty hard work, I just dug one of my 4x4s into a slope too. On my own, as a pretty small female, it was hard work! Plus it rained overnight, so the 2nd day I was just absolutely plastered in mud! I have room for another 4x4 on that slope, but can't face it right now!


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