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How to Landscape a Sloped Backyard

How to Landscape a Sloped Backyard

Need help landscaping that steep slope in your backyard? Michael Bryan Landscapes can help!

Maryland is certainly not one of the hilliest lands in the nation, but it does have its fair share of slopes and hills. When it comes to backyards, one may find many that are sloped up or down from the house. As homeowners wish to enjoy and spruce up their properties more, there are several creative ways to landscape a sloped backyard.

1. Simple Retaining Wall

Perhaps the simplest solution to your sloped backyard, especially if it leads down toward your house, is to install a retaining wall. A long-lasting, durable wall made from stone, brick, wood, or concrete will divide the garden from the lawn or patio and do its job of retaining the soil.

2. Low-Maintenance Garden

No one wants to constantly climb up a steep slope and tend the plants. Instead of having a highly manicured garden bed, a natural arrangement of low-maintenance or native plants can save you much pain and allow you a pleasant view year-round.

3. Varied Garden

You don’t have to have only plants in your sloped backyard. Boulders and plants can mix well to add interest to your view through variation. A small tree or several shrubs can anchor the landscape.

4. Terraces

Instead of having one retaining wall, you can also landscape a sloped backyard by having multiple levels. Each terrace can have a different theme with a retaining wall backdrop suitable to your style. Steps can help you reach all the levels.

5. Waterfall

Hills slope downward, and so do waterfalls. One can always build a waterfall feature into the hillside for constant motion, soothing sound, and extra interest. It may also attract more birds to your backyard, which can make it even more entertaining.

6. Divided Areas

Your garden does not have to have only one design idea in it. You can also divide your sloped backyard into different areas, such as an entertainment space, a waterfall, and a garden. An experienced landscape designer can help bring your ideas into a cohesive plan.

7. Deck It Out

If you do not want to deal much with a slope at all and mainly want a place to relax outdoors, a backyard deck may be the best answer for you. A deck can smooth out those awkward bulges in the earth and give you both the landscaping and hardscaping you’d like.

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