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Steep bank planting challenge

This new house renovation required landscape renovation as well. One side of the home has a very narrow area between the house and the property line. The client wished to establish privacy along this property border. The soil was extremely rocky and a 30’ x 5’ trench was dug out removing the rocky soil. Using our specialized smaller equipment, we planted the trees and worked our way out of the narrow space. River stone was used for the utility area and also functions as a pathway to the rear of the home.

Exposed property line

BEFORE: The property had no visual barriers along the property line.

Visual barrier plantings

AFTER: The property boundary was planted with mature arborvitae as a visual barrier.

This landscape renovation project on Cape Neddick was on a very steep hill with no equipment access.

All work landscaping the steep bank was done manually

BEFORE: All work on the steep bank was done manually.

Thick weeds

BEFORE: The entire steep area between the house and the ocean cliff was covered in thick weeds up to three feet high.

Excavator moves dirt on the steep slope

BEFORE: To move soil and mulch material, an large excavator and a mini skid steer was used. This is another example of using multiple sizes of equipment.

The steep slope is manually weeded.

BEFORE: Without equipment access, this entire area was manually weeded and all weed material was hauled out by buckets, using a bucket brigade system.

Grading the steep bank

BEFORE: The area is prepped free of weeds and loam/compost was hauled in by using dump truck with soil, excavator to load wheelbarrows and manpower.

Steep slope is terraced

BEFORE: The site preparation of removing weed material, moving large rocks from planting area to sea wall, raking out stones, and grading is now complete.

Salt tolerant plants and mulch control the steep slope

AFTER: Salt tolerant plant material was installed including beach plum. A layer of erosion control mulch was installed for weed and erosion control.

Steep bank planting challenge

AFTER: Hydrangea in the upper level. Tennanbaum mugo next level. The lower level has bayberry, low grow rhus, and grasses along the sea wall.

Landscaped steep slope