For steeper hills, or those in areas that can't be re-graded easily, terracing will solve your hillside landscaping problems by creating smaller, level planting beds. Build evenly spaced steps up the hillside using railway ties (near non-edible plants only), boulders, or other building material to create the walls. The flat areas can then be used either as individual beds or planted with a low-maintenance, cascading groundcover.
Regrade the Hillside
Hillside landscaping is one of the most common landscaping challenges homeowners face. A slope of 4 degrees or more requires special treatment not only to make it look better, but to keep it from causing problems in the future. The upside is that because the need for landscaping on a slope is so common, there are plenty of hillside landscaping ideas out there for you to choose from.
The Problem with Hillside Landscaping
If your hillside landscaping project is surrounded by a flat area, one option is to regrade the hillside to create a slope of less than 4 degrees. When the slope is this low, you can landscape it as you would any other area. If the hillside has been planted with turf, the first step is to carefully remove the turf without damaging the roots. Then just smooth out the hill until you get it the height you want. If you don't have a flat area to place the excess soil, you can use this valuable topsoil to build a raised be in another area. Finally, set the turf back in place.
Slopes can cause a number of problems if not landscaped correctly. Water soaks in at low rate, which means the top of the hill ends up dry while plants at the bottom of the hillside drown. Fertilizer and mulch also wash downhill, meaning plants at the top get no nutrition while plants at the foot of the slope are poisoned by the build-up of nutrients. Even if you can get grass to grow there, hillsides can be difficult and dangerous to mow. Fortunately, though, there's a lot more you can do than plant grass.
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