Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 29th Mar 08, 1:32 PM
    • 2,532Posts
    • 618Thanks
    theGrinch
    building a grass bank in the garden
    • #1
    • 29th Mar 08, 1:32 PM
    building a grass bank in the garden 29th Mar 08 at 1:32 PM
    I am planning on building a grass bank/raised seating area in the garden. It will will be 2.5m x 1.3m x 80 cms (h).

    I have 6.5 cubic metres of clay soil, hardcore and top soil (will save me about 5 skips)

    I was thinking of using railway sleepers as a frame for assembly while the materials settle.

    Any tips on the best way to construct a solid grass bank, materials and order?
    "enough is a feast"...old Buddist proverb
Page 1
    • Farway
    • By Farway 29th Mar 08, 2:56 PM
    • 4,706 Posts
    • 3,824 Thanks
    Farway
    • #2
    • 29th Mar 08, 2:56 PM
    • #2
    • 29th Mar 08, 2:56 PM
    You may find problems [and some scaremongering] regarding railway sleepers

    This centres around the tar / creasote used in their previous life

    Personally unless the sleepers will be in contact with humans & clothing I would ignore the scare stories you will hear
  • susieb
    • #3
    • 29th Mar 08, 3:46 PM
    • #3
    • 29th Mar 08, 3:46 PM
    HI
    If you are going to do it as a slope then some turf straight on top should hold it ok, thats all the enviroment agency do with the flood defence banks, maybe do it as a mound and then once it all settles cut the seating area out.
    Always on the hunt for a bargain
    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 29th Mar 08, 4:46 PM
    • 2,532 Posts
    • 618 Thanks
    theGrinch
    • #4
    • 29th Mar 08, 4:46 PM
    • #4
    • 29th Mar 08, 4:46 PM
    i was thinking of a cubiod/rectangle with straight lines. had thought about cutting a seating area out vs standard seating.
    "enough is a feast"...old Buddist proverb
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 30th Mar 08, 12:15 AM
    • 18,089 Posts
    • 78,594 Thanks
    Davesnave
    • #5
    • 30th Mar 08, 12:15 AM
    • #5
    • 30th Mar 08, 12:15 AM
    I can't see how you will get it to keep a cuboid shape once you remove the sleepers. Will you grow grass on the sides and how will it establish? The natural tendency of loose materials, rather than built forms, is to weather & slump over time. People who build cuboids from loose stuff usually do this inside galvanised wire cages called gabions:

    http://www.enviromeshgabions.com/gabion-39

    Sorry to sound so negative. Perhaps I'm not 'getting' this properly
    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 30th Mar 08, 9:11 PM
    • 2,532 Posts
    • 618 Thanks
    theGrinch
    • #6
    • 30th Mar 08, 9:11 PM
    • #6
    • 30th Mar 08, 9:11 PM
    i think I will give it a try and hopefully the grass will hold it together in time.

    i think it will look good and save a small fortune on skips!
    "enough is a feast"...old Buddist proverb
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 30th Mar 08, 9:57 PM
    • 18,089 Posts
    • 78,594 Thanks
    Davesnave
    • #7
    • 30th Mar 08, 9:57 PM
    • #7
    • 30th Mar 08, 9:57 PM
    i think it will look good and save a small fortune on skips!
    Having just spent last week filling skips, I can understand that. Seven of them cost my brother in law £1k. I seem to remember paying about £60 per 6m3 skip....probably 15 years ago now!
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim's to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

4,015Posts Today

7,375Users online

Martin's Twitter