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Post  jimmy cee 6/27/2014, 1:13 pm

I have about a 10 inch slope coming out of my raised bed area.
Just completed installing post's and side boards, I would like some advice on how you would do this.
It's just not comfortable any more exiting directly into a sloping grade.
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Post  boffer 6/27/2014, 2:11 pm

If I understand correctly, you want to make a level walkway? Beyond filling with a cheap, compactable material that is available in your area, what are you considering?
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Post  Marc Iverson 6/27/2014, 2:36 pm

Wood chips?
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Post  sanderson 6/27/2014, 3:09 pm

The side boards will eventually rot if there is any wet soil/sand against it, but they should be relatively easy to replace when needed. Wood chips actually sound pretty good. Let us know what you choose.

Uneven surfaces, I understand. Monday, I exited the jet airplane into the accordion passenger tube. The floor sloped so much I smacked into the wall with my left shoulder.
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Post  yolos 6/27/2014, 4:05 pm

Don't know how wide that walkway is.  How about a 1 ft wide raised bed along the left hand side and wood chips in between your existing beds and the new 1 ft wide bed.  Those posts on the left side could be a short or tall trellis depending on various factors.
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Post  plantoid 6/27/2014, 6:02 pm

Like eating the Elephant do it in small bite sized chunks , say one square yard at a time if your able .
 Water it well the day before you are planning to work ton help soften things up .
 Take the turf off , rototill it if you have a Mantis remove the excess loose soil in a barrow for use in the lowest part of the path  , rake & roll it flat, put the turf back on water it in. a day or so later do the next square and so on.  

 If you start in the middle you'll have the mean average height of the path way and can work at either end to raise or lower it as is needed , using a six foot piece of timber and a spirit level across levelling pegs it you feel the need for that sort of flatness..
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Post  jimmy cee 6/27/2014, 8:33 pm

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I'm considering wood chips, I do not want to grow anything there so chips would only be used for an economical fill.

Plantoid, nothing growing there at all, I want a non muddy walkway to be used all year.

Yolos, what posts you see on the left are opening to 5 raised beds, I don't need any more, I feel lucky to have gotten this far,,,,LOL if you know what I mean...LOL....(DW)

Sanderson, not concerned at all about anything rotting, I'll consider myself lucky to be here in 10 years..anyway I had a pine plank that lasted 12 years in the dirt, of course that was way before sow bugs were around in force.

Marc, wood chips is  looking good, I think I may be able to get all I need, maybe in this case I should take the chips from the trunks of trees, not foliage...
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Post  Marc Iverson 6/27/2014, 8:43 pm

The bigger bark chips is what I was thinking, but they do cost more. They look a lot better, though. And of course they will last much longer, sometimes 6 or 7 years even here in the rainy Pacific Northwest. And they're not sharp, so no worries about a dog, or kid, getting cuts or splinters from walking around or playing on them.

From the picture, it looks like you could cover your area with half a pick-up truck load, or at the very most a full load. Something around or less than a hundred bucks. Maybe 70? At least that's our prices around here, where trees are plentiful.
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Post  jimmy cee 6/27/2014, 8:54 pm

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we have a couple of large supply outfits here, they sell everything, great idea, will check next week,
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Post  jimmy cee 6/29/2014, 9:53 am

I think I may fill with top soil, seed with a tough grass material and feather the edges on each end.
To do any more would only involve more expense, work, etc. I'd like to devote more time to my beds.
I can get a truck load of soil. wheel it in level and seed in a couple of days, the mud is usually only there when I'm not.
When I go back to my shed in wet weather I'll just go around the area...Hows that sound to you ?
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Post  CapeCoddess 6/29/2014, 11:23 am

add some stepping stones in the form of pavers or whatever and you won't have to worry about the mud.
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Post  jimmy cee 6/29/2014, 5:31 pm

good idea, think I'll go in that direction
I've had lots of steppin stones around here, didn't like them so I used my cement mixer to do driveway,walks to the back, etc.
Had 2 boys to help, no more help from boys...ha ha...so stepping stones are back in vogue...
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Post  jimmy cee 7/13/2014, 9:46 pm

Here's a pic of what I decided.
After careful consideration I went with what I thought was the easiest and least expensive route.
I had an idea to deck the area, that would have been a small fortune, cement would have also been nice, however I sold my cement mixer and hated to use the truck rt.
After the grass grows I will lay down some stepping stones, the trim every thing up neatly so to pass inspection by the Inspector General...(DW)
Gonna be nice to step out of my bed area onto a level walkway.
In time the post's will be holding flower trays and or fruit vines, I may even build a wisteria tunnel, so many ways to go.
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Post  llama momma 7/15/2014, 11:03 am

Looking good Jimmy, neat and orderly.  need to level area ? 3170584802
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Post  sanderson 7/15/2014, 1:23 pm

So much better than walking on a slope! Very nice.  okay 
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Post  jimmy cee 8/15/2014, 10:01 pm

Almost complete, grass growing,a few baskets hanging, horizontal rails attached.
I have a bout 5 more stepping stones to place and it should be complete, at least until after the first settling.
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Post  sanderson 8/15/2014, 11:57 pm

Shocked What an absolutely lovely transformation (and safer).   need to level area ? 3170584802   Did it pass the Inspector General?  Very Happy
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Post  Marc Iverson 8/16/2014, 1:11 am

Very nice looking, jimmy cee. You sure have become a hanging basket fan.
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Post  AtlantaMarie 8/16/2014, 7:45 am

Looks really nice, Jimmy.  I like the shape of the stones.
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Post  Windmere 8/16/2014, 8:01 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Looks really nice, Jimmy.  I like the shape of the stones.
+1. Beautiful work!
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Post  jimmy cee 8/16/2014, 7:53 pm

@sanderson wrote:Shocked What an absolutely lovely transformation (and safer).   need to level area ? 3170584802   Did it pass the Inspector General?  Very Happy
Yes sir, she loves it.
I enjoy hanging baskets, along with container gardening, most likely why I was attracted to SFG in the first place..
I'll eventually fill in around the step stones to make them all  even, I sure like the feeling of being level now.
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