Creative Curb Appeal Solutions For Sloped Lots
When we think of landscaping for the front of a house
or a backyard, we usually think of a flat terrain to
decorate with various plants, trees, shrubs and rocks.
But what should you do when the terrain isn’t so flat?
Some out- of-the-box thinking may be required when
creating curb appeal for a sloped yard. It’s important
to know the area, acquire knowledge from credible
sources and put your thinking cap on.
Create a retaining wall
When landscaping a sloped area, it’s all about choosing
items that are pleasing to the eye as well as fully functional.
The best way to landscape a hillside is to create a retaining
wall with stairs. This can be done in many different ways
and with a large choice of materials such as stone, rocks,
wood, bricks, or even a rustic look by using railroad ties.
Having a retaining wall will secure the dirt and sediment
along with anything that may be planted on the sloping terrain.
Using the wall as a stairway is pleasing to the eye, creating
a beautiful walk way made brick, decorative rocks, or
even grass. The stairway will also be very functional. Going
up and down a hillside can be difficult and even dangerous
depending on how steep it is. The stairs in the slope is the
best option for landscaping this type of area.
Let the landscaping begin!
After the slope is secure with a retaining wall and the stairway
has been built into the terrain, the next step is to landscape
with plants, trees and shrubs. It’s important to choose plants
that fit within the following categories: drought tolerant, textured,
various heights, and color.
Drought tolerant plants
Since the dirt on a sloped area can dry out very quickly,
drought tolerant plants are absolutely necessary and recommended
for sloped lots. The ground does not retain and hold
onto water and moisture like a flat surface would. Plants that
do not need a lot of water or that do not need to be watered
often will be the best choice for a sloped landscape.
Choosing textured plants and trees will give the area depth and
keep your landscape from looking monotonous. Using plants of
various colors will keep your hillside looking beautiful all year
long. Choose plants and trees that bloom different times a year
so that you have consistent color throughout your landscaped
Play with different sizes
Planting trees and shrubs that are varied in height and size
will make your landscape flow and will create a perfect first
impression. Start with putting the tallest trees at the top of the
hillside, and continue with the lower ones near the bottom.
Landscaping a hillside will take some creativity, but anyone can
successfully do it with the right knowledge. Keep your design
simple to give your area a pleasing aesthetics and function