Landscaping a Slope

Posted February 21, 2018

Landscaping a Slope

Landscaping a slope can be a difficult challenge but what kind of person would I be if I ran from a challenge?  Take this yard for instance.  The entire yard is a 45 degree incline to a fence which runs along a major boulevard.  Not the most romantic backyard but I think I’m up for the landscape design challenge.  Being a landscaper in Jacksonville Florida we are presented with all kinds of challenges. Slopes, flooding, too much water, not enough water, fungus, insects, neglected gardens. Really the list does on.  As you can see from the before photograph the home owner was saddled with a steep slope and an inexspensive solution from a not so compitent compeditor.

I would like to say I was kidding but the photographs speak for themselves.  Yes, that giant railroad tie thing was resting on top of the hill and sliding down towards their patio.  Granted you get what you pay for but this was just too much.  There were no anchors or tie backs.  Nothing to hold up the landscaping at all.

After meeting with the homeowners they did not have the budget for a more perminent hardscape solution.  (Their neighbors had a giant concrete wall built and said screw it to half their backyard deeming it unusable.)  We settled for in the middle.  The wood structure we created for their landscape design should last about 10 years before it will need to be replaced.  They will be alble to utilize the hill as a vegitable garden and there is a terrace at the top for entertaining.  We put in some pavers and edging to define a walkway from the patio door to the stairs assending to the top terrace and around the house to the gate.  We used sod to created the run for the stair case which blended in nicely to the existing grass.

 

 

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