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Give Slopes a Facelift

Be creative with that seemingly useless steep lawn. Use these ideas to make slopes shine!
  • Make a Terrific Terrace

    If your slope is too big for one large wall, create a couple of low walls with level terraces. Pave one level to create a patio and a pleasant seating area with a good view. Terraces also provide opportunities for creative gardening and planting. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Decked Out

    Turn a steep slope into entertainment possiblities by adding a multilevel deck. Add natural beauty to the space by building around an exisint tree, or planting one near the deck for a striking effect. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Use Switchbacks

    Connect two uneven levels with a curving stairway that reduces the steepness of the slope. Using hardy and drought-resistant groundcovers and succulents prevents erosion. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Slope-Turned-Wall

    If you build your wall from materials that let you plant in nooks and crannies, a retaining wall becomes a work of art. Here, sedums fall from spaces in a wall made of dry-stacked salvaged concrete. Other crevice-loving plants include creeping phlox, rock cress, thyme, hens-and-chicks, sweet alyssum, trailing lobelia, snow-in-summer, and candytuft. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Water-ful Work of Art

    Take advantage of gravity and turn your slope into a decorative waterfall. If you have a steep slope in your yard, you can easily create a dramatic curtain of water - just make sure you have electricity nearby to power the water pump.

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Lay Some Roots

    Tough plant roots anchor loose soil to a slope. Turn a steep hill into a beautiful plant display by choosing easy-care groundcovers that will easily dig in. They'll create dens mats that reduce erosion and weeds while serving a pretty purpose. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Steps to Show Off

    Use the change in grade for wide steps, then display your favorite containers and potted plants on step edges. Putting pretty plants and holderes in well-traveled areas will give them greater impact. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Be Boulder

    Nestling clusters of boulders into the soil anchor the slope and add bold attraction to your landscape. Arrange rocks into groups that are informally staggered to achieve a natural look. Bury the bottom third or more of each rock to stabilize it, and pack soil firmly around its base. Finish the look with plenty of plantings. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Secure a Stream

    If your slope is on the shallow side, consider using it as the perfect site for a babbling brook. Water will cascade down slopes while controlling erosion and adding moisture levels. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Make Garden Art

    Use your slope as a display space! Use boxwood hedges, colorful flowers, or shrubbery to create a masterpiece in plain view of your yard. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018

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