A sloped lot is no doubt harder to landscape, but the challenges that come with sloped lots also present new design opportunities. It’s just a matter of adapting your landscaping design. With that in mind, here are some creative ways to meet some of the common landscaping challenges:
Tackling Soil Erosion
The steeper the slope, the higher the risk of soil erosion. The stability threshold is 20%—if the land rise has a slope with a higher angle than 20%, it becomes less stable and harder to maintain. What are the features that can make a land rise more stable?
Sloping gardens – Make sure to choose plants with deep roots that can hold the ground firmly in place. Don’t forget to consider how tall these plants can get when they mature—tall plants can ruin an otherwise perfect view after all. With the right kind of plants, you can add even enhance the scenery outside your home.
Trenches – Rain run-off is one reason why steep land rises can be unstable. Aside from adding plants with deep roots, you can have a landscaper dig trenches to redirect the flow of water. Lining the trenches with river rocks can help this new feature blend in better with the rest of the landscaping design.
Retaining walls – Depending on the size of retaining walls, which help control runoff water and soil erosion, you might need to apply for a building permit. However, the extra effort will be worth it—retaining walls made from natural stone create a stunning motif in the landscape.
You won’t be able to fully enjoy the landscape design if you’re out of breath by the time you reach the top of your sloping backyard. Adding a walkway can help improve accessibility and allow you to fully enjoy the view from your backyard.
Want to learn more about the recommended landscaping features for sloping lots? Consult your local landscaper.
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