Landscaping a sloped backyard can be challenging. Unlike backyards, creating a landscape design for a yard that has a visible slope requires thinking about the visual appeal while also proving stability to prevent soil erosion. While you may have to be a little more creative when landscaping a sloping backyard, there are many ways to create a beautiful outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy. Use the following tips:
Utilize Retaining Walls
Retaining walls are absolutely perfect for sloped backyards, as they are designed to provide stability to the soil behind it, while also providing a great place to plant flowers and bushes or a vegetable garden. Retaining walls can be built using almost any type of material that you can think of, from stone to bricks. For a multi-purpose retaining wall, consider having one built with a bench for extra seating in your backyard.
Create a Hardscape Path
Navigating a yard with a steep slop can be difficult, so one of your first landscaping projects should include building a hardscape path to make it easier to move around your yard. Depending on the degree of the slope, you may want to have a landscaping contractor include stairs in the steepest area. In addition to function, a hardscape path in a sloped backyard also provides visual appeal and can make the slope look less prominent.
Build a Stream in Your Yard
A sloped backyard is the perfect place to build a beautiful stream. If you are adept at home improvement projects you may be able to do this yourself over a weekend, or hire a contractor to do the job for you. The slope of your yard will allow the water in the stream to run naturally and be pumped back up from the bottom, creating a very relaxing sound of running water. At the bottom of the stream you may want to build a small pond.
Plant a Lawn
Having a lawn is an excellent way to stabilize the soil in your sloped backyard while also creating a fun place for your children and pets to play. Whether you lay sod or grow a lawn from seed, as the root system develops it will hold the soil in place and prevent erosion. It can be more difficult to mow a lawn in a sloping backyard, so you will either need to be prepared for the task, or arrange for a landscaping company like L & L Excavation & Landscaping to perform regular maintenance and mowing.