Reclaiming Backyard Slopes
So you don’t have the luxury of creating a landscape on flat ground like most do. Rather, you struggle with figuring out ways to plant alongside and/or on the surface of your backyard/front yard slopes. This can be a challenge and we’re here to offer some tips and tricks:
Build a retainer wall. A single retainer wall is the easiest way to reclaim an unwanted slope. Not only does it separate your ground level from the slope’s level, it also adds a grand effect to your overall outdoor living space. If you want to add more depth to your retainer wall, add another! You can never go wrong with multiple levels.
Create a terrace or deck. So you decide a stairway is what you want to build on your slope, but where did this staircase lead? Many of us have experienced walking up a captivating staircase, to anticlimactically and disappointingly find yourself at a dead end. We believe in building with purpose. If we build a staircase, it should lead to an important space. Crafting a terrace or deck is an awesome end-goal. It can easily be turned into a space of solace that sits above the rest of your garden.
Decorate the stairway. Incorporating potted plants, moss, succulents, or anything that is able to tolerate less watering is a good way to bring life to a stairway leading up to your front door or one leading up to a backyard terrace. We find that a curving, spruced up stairway adds a mysterious effect that compels family and friends to discover what lies at the end of it.
Overload with flowers. Flooding an empty space with flowers is never a bad idea. The upwards slope of flowers can make your backyard feel more spacious and exciting. Additionally, a plantscape of flowers is an easy, less expensive option in comparison to adding extra retainer walls or installing a water feature.
Add a cascading water feature. A water feature adds an element of serenity to any landscape. Your slope is an opportunity to implement a beautiful waterfall that refreshes and livens the overall ambiance of your outdoor living space. There are water designs you could go for as well including: a waterfall with or without a pond, scuppers that seamlessly cascade into your pool, a creek, and so on.