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I've been asked by one of the sites I look after to try fix a problem area. The area lies along a fence line bordering 2 separate businesses, the business next door being higher up. The fence line runs along a small but steep slope. The fence is loose and leaning but is the responsibility of the neighbouring business. 

I was asked if the slope could be grass seeded or turfed but I feel its too steep, and as the park cars right up to it, getting it cut would be impossible. The neighbouring company decided some time ago to place boards along their side of the fence and back filling with stone chippings, these boards are buckling, breaking and the stone chippings coming down the slope.

I had thought of putting artificial grass down but all the stones from above would just pour down over it. 

My customer needs to get a resolution put in to tidy up the look of this slope from their side, and are unwilling to spend much money to achieve this . 

I've attached some photos for you to get a rough idea. 

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  • Before anything I think that fence should be repaired and a suitable retainer put in to hold back the stones, then I'd suggest seeding and maintain with strimmer every three weeks or so.

  • PRO

    Hi Andy,

    Don't  the other business have a duty to maintain their boundary in good order? It looks like that fence needs replacing and their side sorted out before your customers side can be made good. Cheers Jim

    • PRO

      That's exactly my opinion. But the garage has failed an audit from the vehicle manufacturer and need to demonstrate something has been done. Anything I do will not really assist until the cause is rectified. The problem is the neighbouring company are couriers. The main artic lorry deliveries turn along that fence line and need all the room available to get round the corner, hence why the fence is at an angle, and the verging is getting pushed down. 

  • PRO

    I would put membrane and bark down as a fix which is quick, cheap and easy to take out if required if or when the fence is repaired

    • PRO

      Slope is to steep to hold bark, it would eventually wash and blow down with the weather, it is Aberdeen after all. 

      They're preferred option is for me to put in 4m x 1m sections of artificial grass, pegged in with metal stakes. I've advised this could only be a temporary solution which at most would last 12-18 months. 

  • PRO

    Concrete haunching with resin bound gravel finish ?

  • PRO

    Mass plant it with something like prunus Otto luyken. Tough evergreen. Easy to maintain..






    • PRO

      That sounds a quick simple choice that might work. Thanks 

      • PRO

        Glad to help.. just make sure you have a suitable planting depth.. iv seen haunching as big as icebergs i tell ye!!!!

  • A good selection of suggestions, which will depend on the budget available. I think a site meeting is required at this stage and get some idea of how much money is available.  With regard to grass maintenance, we maintain a similar bank and simply get down there before the cars park up, early in the morning or on a Saturday morning.

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