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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

Always have a plan to control heavy amounts of water where they enter the slope, how they react on the slope, and where they leave the slope at the bottom. Shape or grade the slope appropriately to accept channels for dry river beds on top of the fabric.
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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

The rock swale in this image is somewhat unusual in that it’s nestled along a terraced planting. The image foreground is the swale’s low point, so when the rain comes, it flows parallel to the slope toward the foreground. This is a smart drainage solution for a rocky landscape with a steep slope, because it channels water across the hill and away from the outdoor entertaining area.
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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

Reader question: “We have a steep hill in our backyard, and we are trying to figure out how to landscape it. Right now there’s just grass back there. My husband has a heck of a time trying to mow it, as it is really steep. I think it’s dangerous for him to do that. Can you offer any landscaping ideas for a hill such as ours?
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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

If your front or backyard includes a hill or hillside space, you need a landscape design plan that allows for maximum beauty with minimal maintenance. A sloped backyard comes alive with water-wise plants and clever landscaping. Boring backyard? Fix it with these great backyard landscaping ideas. There are many varieties of flowers and shrubs that thrive on slopes. If your steep hill gets full sun and doesn’t encounter an overwhelming amount of rain or water runoff, consider dotting it with thyme, the fragrant, delicate herb is easy to grow and blooms pink in the spring. For a gentle slope within a lawn, try terracing sections of the yard to create flower beds. Use landscaping pavers to create U-shaped tiers, which can be filled in with dirt or potting soil for plantings.
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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

DesignRulz 28 May 2015 shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn StumbleUpon Digg Flipboard If your front or backyard includes a hill or hillside space, you need a landscape design plan that allows for maximum beauty with minimal maintenance. A sloped backyard comes alive with water-wise plants and clever landscaping. Boring backyard? Fix it with these great backyard landscaping ideas. There are many varieties of flowers and shrubs that thrive on slopes. If your steep hill gets full sun and doesn’t encounter an overwhelming amount of rain or water runoff, consider dotting it with thyme, the fragrant, delicate herb is easy to grow and blooms pink in the spring. For a gentle slope within a lawn, try terracing sections of the yard to create flower beds. Use landscaping pavers to create U-shaped tiers, which can be filled in with dirt or potting soil for plantings. A sloping lawn became the inspiration for this backyard makeover that includes a pond, dining area with room for a grill; places for lounging and entertaining; a putting green; and an outdoor spa. Retaining wall idea: simple, inexpensive, durable, non-toxic, and easy to assemble retaining wall constructed using hollow concrete blocks. Because the blocks have been laid on their side, sloped backwards toward the hillside, you can plant vegetation in the their hollows exposed to the front. As vegetation is established, this will become a living wall. Similar technique to fashion steps as well.   shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn StumbleUpon Digg Flipboard Comments comments Posted in Outdoor design Terrace & Garden medianet_width=’600′; medianet_height= ‘250’; medianet_crid=’655449965′;
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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn StumbleUpon Digg Flipboard If your front or backyard includes a hill or hillside space, you need a landscape design plan that allows for maximum beauty with minimal maintenance. A sloped backyard comes alive with water-wise plants and clever landscaping. Boring backyard? Fix it with these great backyard landscaping ideas. There are many varieties of flowers and shrubs that thrive on slopes. If your steep hill gets full sun and doesn’t encounter an overwhelming amount of rain or water runoff, consider dotting it with thyme, the fragrant, delicate herb is easy to grow and blooms pink in the spring. For a gentle slope within a lawn, try terracing sections of the yard to create flower beds. Use landscaping pavers to create U-shaped tiers, which can be filled in with dirt or potting soil for plantings. A sloping lawn became the inspiration for this backyard makeover that includes a pond, dining area with room for a grill; places for lounging and entertaining; a putting green; and an outdoor spa. Retaining wall idea: simple, inexpensive, durable, non-toxic, and easy to assemble retaining wall constructed using hollow concrete blocks. Because the blocks have been laid on their side, sloped backwards toward the hillside, you can plant vegetation in the their hollows exposed to the front. As vegetation is established, this will become a living wall. Similar technique to fashion steps as well.   shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn StumbleUpon Digg Flipboard Comments comments
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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

If you are using landscape fabric when landscaping a slope, make sure you carve the slope before you install the fabric. Dig in “shelves” or small terraces in the dirt for larger rocks to sit on before you install the fabric. These rocks will be more stable, and act as an anchor point.
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How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

Steep, grassy hills add color and contours to a backyard, but they're a hassle to maintain. Hills are a natural focal point so it's noticeable when the grass is not trimmed, but mowing on a steep hill is difficult and potentially dangerous. There are a number of easy, cheap landscaping solutions to add texture and color to the hill while reducing the amount of maintenance required.
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I am hoping this will work on my back hillside, it faces north, is very steep though short and fairly narrow. I have done nothing with it because of that difficulty, except keep the English Ivy in check and removed weedy trees. Do you think it will get enough sun on a north facing slope? I was given some raspberry starts and would like to put them there, but I may need to use it for more shade tolerant or cool season crops. Any thoughts?
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Similar to asphalt and concrete, even naturally occurring rocky surfaces will quickly shed water. The rock outcropping shown here is also part of a steep slope, which means water whisks right off it. You can plant rocky slopes with alpine species that thrive in low soil volumes. Even a small pocket of soil is enough to carefully establish plants that will spread among a rocky surface.

Hi Patty, These are great questions–thanks for letting me know what needs clarified. The width of each terrace was determined largely by using minimum width needed for whatever was being planted there. For example, each of our gooseberry terraces is 4×4-ft-squared because that is the mature width of each bush. The long strawberry terrace is only 3 feet wide. The paw paw tree terrace is 8 feet wide. The terraces are always divided by 4- to 5-foot wide walkways that allow me to get the wheelbarrow through. On a steep slope especially, it is hard to reach in and manage the center of the terrace bed, so I use the minimum width to make managing the beds easier. Also, the smaller the width is, the shorter the terrace height can be, which makes them structurally easier to build and maintain. It is good practice to start building terraces at the bottom and work up the hill. That’s what professionals do, so I do it too
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Thanks for this great idea! I’ve been wanting to do something with a steep, barren slope next to our home and this system will allow me to grow perennial vegetables there. I spent last week building three 30-foot terraces using locust logs and branches. Instead of wood stakes, which I could not drive into the hard clay soil (even my husband had a hard time driving them in), I used 3-ft metal garden stakes from Lowes. They cost a couple of dollars each. Much of my wood is twisty, so I found it necessary to use some stakes on the upper side as well. Instead of wood at the ends, I piled up rocks. I’m also planning to attach lengths of cotton sheeting or burlap on the upper sides, instead of using brush to fill the gaps. These terraces are going to be my test sites for a layered garden (compost, wood chips, top soil). I’ll let you know how it goes!
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On a steep slope especially, it is hard to reach in and manage the center of the terrace bed, so I use the minimum width to make managing the beds easier. Also, the smaller the width is, the shorter the terrace height can be, which makes them structurally easier to build and maintain.
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A yard with a steep hill presents certain challenges, from a maintenance perspective. These yards are hard to water, due to runoff and pooling. They are hard to mow (as your husband will be quick to tell you). They can even be dangerous. This is why people with hills in their yards often seek a landscape-design solution to the problem. You’ll be happy to know there are several solutions available. Which one you choose will depend on your budget and your aesthetic preferences.

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