Stone pitching services

Stone pitching is used on steep slopes for upland paths. This technique involves large interlocking of stones, with their flattest side up to create small irregular steps that blend into the landscape. This method is particularly useful on slopes with a massive seepage problem, in flood-prone areas. It is also helpful on gully floors between check dams and for scour protection by rivers.

Construction steps

  • Prepare a sound slope before laying the rocks; it must be free of loose debris  and ensure surface is even.

  • Lay down the stone in the even slope surface

  • Build the stone pitching carefully, with the stones fitted together firmly, as if it is a dry masonry wall. Rocks should be perpendicular to the slope, with the main point or narrow side down.

  •  In drains and gullies, a rough surface can be left to retard water flow.

  • For further strengthening it is best to plant grasses or the hardwood cuttings of shrubs through the stone pitching 

  • Other options for strengthening are either to use a gabion mattress (of 1 to 1.6 feet thickness) instead of dry stone pitching or to use cement mortar (but this can impede drainage).

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