Something like this has probably happened to you: When looking for an apartment, you come across the right home in your price range. It’s the ideal size, fits your style perfectly, and has all the features you want. However, it does have a sloping back, a big deal that puts you off moving forward with the buying process.
In truth, many people consider a sloping backyard to be a deal breaker when buying a new home. This is because it usually comes with multiple challenges per fine house. A sloping backyard can be difficult to maintain, difficult to navigate for the disabled and injured, and can lead to erosion. Also, it doesn’t allow one to create a comfortable outdoor living space. But even on a slope, there are many ways to create a garden that is easy to maintain, erosion-free, and pleasant. Below are some unique ideas if you need inspiration for a sloppy backyard design.
1. Tiered Stone Walls
A great way to reduce erosion and make a sloping backyard easier to maintain is to add retaining walls. These walls can keep the space more clutter free and give your plants a specific area. Adding multiple stone walls at different levels can add a lot of interest to your garden. This outdoor area has two retaining walls made of different types of stone.
2. Stone Steps
You probably need a ladder to get to the bottom of your sloping garden. If you love clay and natural materials, you can build stone stairs from an extensive collection of flat stones. This way you can use your entire sloping backyard as you can even reach the lowest part of the hill. A designated route will also be created for walking around the farm.
3. Brick steps
You can make stairs and walkways out of concrete or brick for a cleaner look. This walkway is well maintained and gives a modern look to this backyard. It’s also easier to maintain than stone stairs since they don’t let grass see through the gap. Plus, this brick and concrete walkway will still look great after being pressure washed for years of use.
If you like greenery, you can add a field of shrubs to your yard. These plants are great for landscaping because they are easy to care for. There are many shrubs in this place, all cut into unique shapes. This makes the slope targeted and blends seamlessly into the environment. Add a concrete walkway through the hedges to make the space functional.
5. Water feature
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A slope calls for a water feature like a waterfall since you wouldn’t need to design a slope in the ground to support the flow. This backyard has a stone waterfall that empties into a small fish pond. Surrounding a small pool of water with lots of plants will make your outdoor space look like a beautiful sanctuary.
6. Flower beds
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This backyard is unique and has many colorful flower beds that stand in a ladder-like design. There is a tall waterfall between the flower beds that makes the space look extra pretty and fun. This layout is much easier to maintain because there isn’t a lot of greenery to mow or cut, and choosing perennials means you don’t have to plant new flowers every year.
7. Designate green spaces
If your main concern is creating a functional living space in your garden, consider designating lawns with stone walls and plants. This allows you to create outdoor furniture and even a place for garden games. Short staircases can connect different rooms, allowing you to maximize the area in your sloping garden, even at the lowest point.
8. Stone Landscaping
Stone landscapes look great while helping to reduce erosion. These stone retaining walls house many different colored plants and add to the allure of the backyard space. Stone walls are also curved for a unique feature and a major advantage of using them is that they come in many colors and designs so the look is completely tailored to your preferences.
9. Concrete retaining wall
Similarly, you can add a concrete retaining wall to your sloping backyard. Like the picture, it can be used to designate a place for landscaping and growing various green plants. You can also use a concrete retaining wall to maximize the usable space in your yard. But for a more adventurous project, use it to level the ground in your yard to create a flat plane over your sloping area.
10. A hammock or hammock
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Instead of placing the typical garden chairs in your sloping garden, opt for a hammock or other hanging chairs or benches. These are the better option as they don’t require a level floor to function. It can also be fun to lie in a hammock or sit in a chair suspended in mid-air for a relaxing day.
11. A slide for children
A sloping backyard can be a paradise for a small child. If you live in a cold climate, this would be the perfect place for winter tobogganing. To keep your kids busy outside during the summer months, you can embrace your sloping garden and install a long slide with stairs to climb back up the hill.
12. Winding Path
If you enjoy jogging, consider turning your backyard into a large yard with a winding path. It can help you make the most of your sloping garden by adding beauty and functionality to the space. Plus, you create a scenic outdoor space while viewing the space from a distance, e.g. B. from a balcony or an upstairs bedroom.
13. A terrace
Add a flat concrete or brick patio to create a entertaining space in a sloping backyard. It’s on a hill with brick stairs on either side, but the yard itself is flat. It can become the perfect place for potted plants, garden chairs, fire pits, grills or an outdoor dining table. Decorate the patio with greenery for added visual interest and privacy.
14. A porch
Add a large porch to your home to make your sloping garden more functional. Although it can be expensive, it can give you a pleasant outdoor space to enjoy. You can also use the porch below to hang swings or other equipment like the picture. Or you can place another source of entertainment like a hot tub under the porch.
15. Build your garden
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Finally, if a sloping backyard isn’t your thing, you can always opt to level the ground or add some raised structure to it. This will completely level the land and is likely to be costly. But if you want to add a large pool to your backyard, this might be the only option for you. This route can also give you a great view of the rest of your property or the property behind you.