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I have never been a natural gardener. For years, I struggled to keep basic houseplants alive, only to kill them at the first opportunity. It was difficult and stressful to buy a home with a yard, but I knew that I might be able to learn what I was doing wrong and correct the problem. To start off, I focused heavily on the lawn, and tried hard to keep it trimmed and well-maintained. Next, I cleaned up the flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but I knew that it would pay off in the end. When I was done, my front yard was gorgeous, and guess what--it even stayed alive. This blog is all about loving your little landscape.

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Four Clever Hillside Landscaping Options

by Charlotte White

If your home is positioned on a hill, part of your yard might be on a slope either backing into an incline or positioned down a hill. This might seem like a challenge when it come to landscaping, but there are plenty of creative things that you can do to work with hillsides functionally and aesthetically. Here are four landscaping options when it comes to hillsides.

1. Tiered Planter Boxes

Planter boxes can help level off a few different sections of a hillside and break up different types of plants or greenery in your yard. This will help organize the look of your sloped yard and will keep plants from growing erratically or uprooting because of uneven ground.

2. Stone Walls and Seating

A great way to break up space on a hillside is to cut into this vertically and incorporate a stone or wooden wall. This can add more space above and below, and you can then add in seating at multiple levels. By adding in leveled-off areas on two or three levels, you can use this space more effectively. This can add outdoor living spaces that are functional and look nice in your yard.

3. Stairways

If your current hillside yard involves a sloped pathway, this might make access to all parts of your yard precarious and even dangerous. If you can add in stairways, you can access all areas of your yard both for ongoing upkeep and enjoyment. Built-in wooden stairways with handrails might be best if your yard is on a particularly steep grade, but even large stones placed on leveled earth can provide a functional stepping path.

4. Waterfalls

If you would like your yard to be more of an oasis, a waterfall scheme that complements your landscaping can add a great water element to your yard. This is perfect if your home backs up to a hill, so that you can enjoy waterfalls and ponds from your home and patio. This is something that should be consulted with a professional landscaper, but can be a larger project that will be worth the effort.

While you might want to try to do it all yourself when it comes to your landscaping, there are some things to look out for when dealing with hillsides. You don't want to disrupt existing root structures which can cause sliding and flooding down the line. It is always a good idea to consult with a professional landscaper when working on a project that might be outside of your scope.

For landscaping services, contact a company such as Estate Landscape.

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