How to Landscape a steep slope without Retaining walls




Retaining walls are not always the answer. On this job they weren’t in the budget. We saved the porch, and created a backyard for 1/2 the cost by focusing on grading and other design ideas. More info here:

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44 Comments

  1. Brandon Shaw
    July 3, 2016
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    Awesome work. Have you dug any home foundations/footings?

  2. djflexmaster79
    July 3, 2016
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    Awesome job man… That looks great.

  3. grovegmk4115
    July 3, 2016
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    Man i turn 18 next year, and it's been a life long dream to own a landscape Business and excavation business. Can't wait to start XD

  4. Stanley W
    July 3, 2016
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    Hey fellow Stanna(Australia), Stanno, Stoney meadow haha, you seem like a great man and role model for me. I'm 20 and just started working at a nursery with a little cafe next to it. Great videos and I hope and try to believe I will get to your level. Keep on doing your thing m80. PURE LOVE AND MANY BLESSINGS

  5. shaymoose17
    July 3, 2016
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    Customers definitely appreciate you doing the thinking outside of the box to save them money. They issue a lot of trust in your vision by doing so. Great vid Stanley! Did you guys by chance just bury those timber walls for a little added stability?

  6. Complete LawnCare Solutions
    July 3, 2016
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    Stanley, I have a customer that has a very steep back yard, she has indicated that she would like to have something done where they can enjoy the area. She has mentioned maybe having a retaining wall installed, or possibly one large flower bed. I have always been a part of the maintenance aspect of this business, never the construction side, so needless to say I am a little out of my element. It is something I would like to provide but have very limited knowledge in, where should I start?

  7. Mow's Lawn & Iron
    July 4, 2016
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    Amazing story!!!

  8. RC+Lawncare
    July 4, 2016
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    I love how you are not about taking advantage of customers but instead you find what they want instead of getting the most money out of them. great job as always!

  9. Tahir Chaudhry
    July 7, 2016
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    I don't like or interact with youtube videos, but your videos are different.
    Now i just come to youtube just to see your videos. 😀

  10. alex aviles
    July 8, 2016
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    stanley you really are a pro God bless you.👍

  11. Brandon Mooney
    July 8, 2016
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    you are good a good man
    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  12. A-Veteran Lawn Care
    July 12, 2016
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    Wish I could give this video a million likes. I am now seeing this after watching the retaining wall video. I may go with this to try to save my client some money.

  13. Jon Mazza
    July 12, 2016
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    Long time viewer. Love the videos and knowledge you share. The amount of work you put into the videos really show though. Do you every factor in the long term cost of maintenance? Also, it looks really difficult and dangerous to mow that hill!

  14. J Chen
    July 14, 2016
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    What is your thinking behind using the grapple instead of a bucket and thumb on that hoe?  Is weight the reason for your decision.

  15. Leonard Walker
    August 9, 2016
    Reply

    Your truely inspirational in pushing the limits and becoming a better business person.

  16. omar k
    August 15, 2016
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    stanley, i have a retaining wall that is full of dirt and there is a house around 15 feet above where the wall begins, the wall is about a 15 ft slope going upwards. with 2 moderately sized trees around 35 years old. i want to completely remove this big patch of dirt. which this big dirt wall is about 50 ft in width as well. and was thinking to add some storage in that area. if i were to move dirt out of the wall would it affect my neighbor above it?

  17. Jason Maloney
    October 30, 2016
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    Stanley, great videos.My wife and I have recently moved from Los Angeles to Tennessee and are closing on 1 1/2 acre with ranch style home existing but our back yard looks straight up into the trees and step slope. Question: would the process be similar with cutting out in a hillside and moving that dirt to the front which could use some leveling?

  18. Bubba Brazil
    November 27, 2016
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    not knowing much about earthwork ,would need to get a engineer to calc all that out and then some way to compact the dirt

  19. Wendy-lee Morris Sirrom
    December 13, 2016
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    excellent I wish I had a man that would practice this.

  20. Joe Cortez
    January 7, 2017
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    I absolutely loved the little kid helping out. I'm sure he'll never forget that experience…

  21. Betty Smith
    January 20, 2017
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    I am currently working on a failing retaining wall at my Kentucky home. My neighborhood is made of hills, slopes and very little flat land. The pricing is out of sight, I'm going to suggest not doing a retaining wall but landscape steps, thanks to your video. It will be interesting to see what reactions I'm going to get. Thank you

  22. mark black
    March 22, 2017
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    Nice result there, good work.

  23. mina rosa-diaz
    March 22, 2017
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    I'd pay for you to come here to Puerto Rico to deal with my property but I fear the soil here is completely different from what you're accustomed to. Timber bamboo loves it here and is used widely for the prevention of erosion but I really don't want 7 acres of just bamboo😥

  24. The Hear Doc
    March 29, 2017
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    Where is the drainage for the new soil slope? Erosion protection?

  25. Chris Weaver
    April 9, 2017
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    you're an amazing person I truly wish more people was like u now days everyone just wants the money.. this is the first time I've seen or heard of someone helping fix a problem with the less expensive way.. you are a great person God bless you!!

  26. Chris Weaver
    April 9, 2017
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    you're an amazing person I truly wish more people was like u now days everyone just wants the money.. this is the first time I've seen or heard of someone helping fix a problem with the less expensive way.. you are a great person God bless you!!

  27. Louis Dilonardo III
    April 9, 2017
    Reply

    but you didn't show how you did it.
    was it anything other than packing dirt down?

  28. oldredcoonhound
    May 5, 2017
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    did you just wheel/track pack the fill, or use vibratory compactor?

  29. Lions Construction
    May 15, 2017
    Reply

    Great video video man thank you very much God bless

  30. MOESHA WILLIAMS
    May 26, 2017
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    Why didn't y Mark the boundaries of the neighbor's property line ???? If you came over 1 foot I would sue you !!!!!

  31. Tarik Lazri
    July 9, 2017
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    Great video! Way to apply horizontal thinking to this problem and coming up with a fantastic solution!

  32. 3 Trees Photography
    July 10, 2017
    Reply

    What was the final cost to
    Do this?

  33. Timmy
    August 1, 2017
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    This is awesome!

  34. Aaron Kay
    August 1, 2017
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    Giving the kid that experience was awesome of you guys!

  35. Juan Yaotl Torres
    August 6, 2017
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    just a question. did the timbers and most of the cut down trees covered with fill? i have a similar project, im a concrete guy but i like this idea… feed back plz.

  36. planetshapers
    August 14, 2017
    Reply

    How is the Daewoo excavator? Good quality? Comparison to other brands? Parts availability?

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    September 20, 2017
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  38. JackKnife TV
    September 27, 2017
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    Man I just bought a house in a little coal town in PA and the home was built in 1918 and it's built on a slope and I'm having problems with the ground that is above the home which is the other side of the street water runs down across the street into my basement .

    Also the way my driveway is designed or placed or lack of driveway I should say has been a challenge for me to figure out what I would like to do to correct the way my property it is laid out.

    I have the experience of using a bobcat and backhoe I would like to remedies problems myself but I just don't have the actual know how or knowledge of how I should lay out the property to suit my needs .

  39. Bill Wilson
    October 3, 2017
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    2:58 "You can't not watch it." 🙂

  40. Nancy Bane
    October 7, 2017
    Reply

    idea to get more useable / flat backyard by bringing in engineered fill. No retaining walls

  41. Clayton Sandoval
    October 7, 2017
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    Wow what an amazing idea! Great work!

  42. commentor
    October 8, 2017
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    *too

  43. Bruce B
    October 14, 2017
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    Could have graded with bobcat.

  44. Erin the Angry
    October 27, 2017
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    I have to wonder how you even go about replacing retaining walls on ground that steep. What stops the earth from giving way under your machines when you pull them out? Do you have to build a foundation of some sort, like, a bunch of packed in dirt so your machines don't go down the hill while tearing out the walls?

    Also, around here, (ontario) if anyone saw you had a child in the cabin of heavy equipment, you'd get raked over the coals, probably face charges of child endangerment, and child services would take him from the parents… god I had my country lately. Hopefully it's just my province that's this ridiculously overbearing and not the rest of Canada.

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