Landscaping around a patio is a great way to add interest to any backyard area. Whether you are creating a patio garden, planning the installation of an outdoor kitchen, or even designing a new living room area, landscaping on a slope makes for a more interesting and aesthetically pleasing yard. Landscaping around a patio can be challenging but it can also often be a very easy way to create a beautiful one-of-a-type yard! No matter if you have a big or small yard to work with, here are some landscaping ideas that you can try, along with some professional landscaping tips that may be necessary.
For areas that slopes into the garden, consider building a walkway from your home to your garden on the uphill side of the property. In many cases this can be built with stone, brick, concrete, or any other material that will hold up well in your area. You can then plant flowers and plants that will meander their way throughout your landscape. Of course, if you do not have the proper drainage for water features and patios, you may need to build an extra ditch to divert the water away from the garden.
Shrubs and bushes are the perfect plant choice for your landscape if you want to create a natural look with minimal effort. However, if you are trying to make the most out of your area, you should consider planting grasses and tree seeds that can withstand changing temperatures and droughts better than shrubs and bushes. Even though they cannot handle too much moisture in the summertime, and too much sun in the winter, they will do fine in most parts of your yard. Plus, they will provide a nice contrast with your landscape design on the flat side of your land.
Another plant to consider is ferns. Although they are typically used as borders, they also look beautiful in a container or pot along the side of a rock formation. Ferns are great plants that can grow almost anywhere. Plus, they do not need much maintenance; they just need to be trimmed to maintain their shape. Fertilizer is not necessary because they are naturally low-maintenance.
Landscaping over a sloping surface can also include walking around your landscaping area with a stroller or with your dog, taking in the beautiful scenery. For the best results, landscaping around your home’s front lawn should be done from the street, avoiding the back yard if at all possible. Remember that when landscaping over a steep incline, it is important to make sure there are no footbridges or other barriers that could get in the way of your wheelchair or mobility scooter. Also, try to stay as far to the back of the slope as possible, using steps or ladders to reach the front yard. It’s also important to think about the comfort of your visitors. If you are planning a party, think about having a portable barbecue that you can bring out to the front yard.
Another important factor is to think about retaining walls, which can either be constructed from concrete, stone, or wood and should be at least four feet high. Retaining walls provide a safe barrier to any potential landslides, which is especially important on softball fields and other terraces that slope downward. Because of the potential for a slip and fall, a safety barrier is a very important feature of any landscape design, whether it is on a hillside or in a backyard. Landscaping over a hillside will add another layer of design elements for the homeowner.
If you decide to plant flowers or plants along the slope, use mulch to help conserve moisture. Make sure to trim dead plants and weeds each year to keep them healthy. Mulch helps insulate the soil for the plants as well, which will keep these plants from freezing during the cold winter months. Landscaping over a sloping field does not have to be overwhelming, as long as you plan properly. Start by researching the local climate and planting your chosen plants, flowers, and trees.
A successful landscape design on a hillside doesn’t have to be complex. Plan early, make a budget and start with small projects. You can always graduate to bigger and more complex landscaping projects as you feel the confidence of your landscaping skills. Your efforts will pay off when you enjoy the beauty of your new yard, and your home, year after year.