Simple Tips for Hillside Landscaping

It's a challenge, but the results are spectacular.
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Hillside landscaping is one of the hardest jobs around. Many of you have probably just given up on the idea of ever having a beautiful and useful landscape, but take heart! We’re going to work through this together, and hopefully, hillside landscaping woes will be a thing of the past.

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Photo by: Jamie Rector

Jamie Rector

Always consider your particular landscape. Is it safe to mow? Are there any existing elements, such as boulders or trees, you will need to work around? Do you experience flooding? Will you need to hire a professional? By taking your time in the planning process, you’re more likely to be happy with the result.

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The crew transforms a dry hillside into a terraced slope with a waterfall.

Be sure to add a pathway or stairs. If you have room to add a courtyard or patio at the bottom of your hill, a walkway will be most beneficial for guests. Plus, a usable path will be a valuable investment as it will allow you to better care for and maintain your plants.

Outdoor Stair Retaining Wall

Outdoor Stair Retaining Wall

This is an outdoor stairs retaining wall used for flower beds in the garden.

Photo by: Jamie Rector

Jamie Rector

Stop and Stair
Stop and Stair

Landscaping With Stairs

Stairs are a great addition to any yard. Learn your options, and choose the look that's right for you!

And speaking of plants, it’s a good idea to choose perennials. Hillside landscaping is a tough business, and you don’t want to have to re-landscape too often. Also, be careful to pick plants that will work with your soil and the amount of sun your hill receives.  

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