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Post  karenpoore on 1/25/2011, 3:49 pm

Hi everyone,
My whole backyard is at a slight slope and my soil is clay.
We have assembled our first 4'x4'x10" and I wanted to ask what would be
the EASIEST way to level our ground?
What have you guys done?
Thanks and happy Spring,
Karen

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Re: Austin here! Methods to level ground?

Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/25/2011, 3:55 pm

Since renting equipment would be too expensive for one box, all you can do is use a shovel, pick , level, and a rake. I don't think there is an Easy way to level ground for one box. Just be sure to leave several inches of the box above the slope so it doesn't get washed out.
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Post  karenpoore on 1/25/2011, 4:13 pm

@CarolynPhillips wrote:Since renting equipment would be too expensive for one box, all you can do is use a shovel, pick , level, and a rake. I don't think there is an Easy way to level ground for one box. Just be sure to leave several inches of the box above the slope so it doesn't get washed out.
Thanks Carolyn!
I forgot to mention this will be my first box.
What kind of equipment could we rent to level a larger area?
Karen Smile

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Post  kimbertangleknot on 1/25/2011, 4:15 pm

I too have a slight slope where my beds are, what I'm able to do is use some old stone paver thingies (they go around the tree to make it look pretty, the actual name escapes me right now) that we're not using anymore so I'm going to use those to prop up the part that will need to be leveled. It's not a bad slope just mild. That's the "plan" anyways, I have three strapping men (possibly four) that I'm going to try and get over here to start prepping my area soon to see what they think. I need to get the grass up so I figure if they can think of better way and make it look nice, I'll listen. I would think that it might be possible to add a partial bottom so you can add some legs for leveling until you know if you'll be having more beds or not and would like to take the time to truly level the ground. I have seen legs that you can actually screw out for "self leveling" it's been awhile, but I know they're out there, but having wood legs and shims or even spare thin wood to level would work.

I'd like to point out that the two beds I have right now have bottoms on them so it's easy to use the stones. However, the beds that I'm looking at now wont have a bottom, but I plan to keep the dirt in place by using some extra weed stuff and possibly buying some more of those things to make it look nice (it can't be an eye sore because that's the part that is exposed to neighbors and I don't want to upset them). Or possibly using my idea I said above and building just a partial bottom with legs.

The slope isn't huge, but I'm sure that building a tiny little wall would be the best solution, but I don't plan on staying here another five years, so I'm not putting forth THAT kind of effort. Saving that macdaddy stuff for a new house.

(sorry if this is all over the place, working on my planning and trying to multi-task)
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Post  killjug on 1/25/2011, 4:20 pm

How much of a slope? My yard has a very slight slope, about 2" over 6'. I just put my boxes down and live with the slight unlevel look. You could dig out the uphill side and make the boxes terresed or build up the down hill side.

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Re: Austin here! Methods to level ground?

Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/25/2011, 4:32 pm

equipment===I am not good remembering the names of some equipment---but you can rent a tractor with a bucket. Or a small backhoe with bucket sometimes called a Termite. Or a simple bobcat with front bucket/loader.

I got tired of renting equipment years ago and bought a tractor with a bucket on payments. Thats not always the best solution for everyone. We have 5 rental properties and 10 acres here that always need something done---drive ways, flood washes, bush hogging , etc....

you can also just level the box---frame it to be level. That will take some thought and skill.
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Re: Austin here! Methods to level ground?

Post  kimbertangleknot on 1/25/2011, 4:34 pm

@CarolynPhillips wrote:equipment===I am not good remembering the names of some equipment---but you can rent a tractor with a bucket.

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Re: Austin here! Methods to level ground?

Post  karenpoore on 1/25/2011, 4:50 pm

Okay Kimmy ... lol

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Post  karenpoore on 1/25/2011, 4:53 pm

@killjug wrote:How much of a slope? My yard has a very slight slope, about 2" over 6'. I just put my boxes down and live with the slight unlevel look.
Oh, it is not a huge slope, but I read to try and get it level so the water does not go to one end or something like that ...

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Post  kimbertangleknot on 1/25/2011, 4:58 pm

Well, if you don't have a bottom on your box, and it's not a bad bad slope, I wouldn't worry about it. The water wont pool anywhere without a bottom. But if you do have a bottom, then yes would have to think about water pooling if there was no where for it to go. But even a box with a bottom isn't 100% water tight if it's made of wood.
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Post  karenpoore on 1/25/2011, 5:04 pm

Maybe I am making a mountain out of a mole hill ... lol

Anyone watch Garden Girl TV? She has a lot on You Tube and a video which I purchased.

I have to go make dinner ... thanks and I WILL be back ... Very Happy

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Post  karenpoore on 1/25/2011, 5:07 pm

@killjug wrote:How much of a slope? My yard has a very slight slope, about 2" over 6'. I just put my boxes down and live with the slight unlevel look. You could dig out the uphill side and make the boxes terresed or build up the down hill side.

I have not measured the actual slope, but I will.
Actually, you just gave me an idea!
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