Rock path that doubles as a drainage feature

Before installing this stone pathway, there was a degraded slope with a narrow runoff channel that had formed in the topsoil adjacent to this home in Chanhassen, MN. The homeowners were concerned that this small hillside would continue to wash away with heavy rains, causing the wooden supports holding their air conditioner to fail and unsafe walking conditions to develop on that side of the property.

By adding a rocky path that doubles as a spillway, rainwater and snow melt can flow downhill without causing damage and there is a clearly-defined, accessible path for walking up and down the hill. In addition to adding the path, a limestone rock bed was installed along the foundation to improve drainage and reduce the likelihood of insects entering the clients’ home. Native plants such as maidenhair fern and columbine further stabilize the slope and add some needed green to otherwise rocky terrain.