Landscaping Steep Slope

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Landscaping Steep Slope

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A landscaping steep slope can be a challenge for some homeowners, but as a landscape designer I love to work with elevation. If you don’t tackle hillside landscaping Beaconsfield you will have erosion problems, especially in the rainy season. However, if you tackle a steep slope as a DIY project you can end up with time and money wasted, so before you begin, plan and do your homework first.

For steep hill landscaping you will need to put in a landscaping retaining walls to keep the hill solid and to be able to retain rainfall and avoid erosion. The slope can be beautiful and interesting if you plan carefully, and it can also add value to your property.
These are some options and tips for landscaping a steep slope:

  • Build a terraced hill
  • Make retaining walls
  • Build planters
  • Plant erosion controlling plants and mix with native plants
  • Make sure the top of the wall will be higher than the soil level behind it to prevent mud and any liability in case of a landslide
  • Have a curved pathway or paved steps going up the steep hill for access
  • Plant big trees downward of the slope to prevent erosion

Here are some great groundcover plants that prevent erosion and beautify a sloping hillside:

  • Ceanothus griseus horizontalis, Carmel Creeper
  • Cotoneaster dammeri, Bearberry Cotoneaster
  • Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point’, Coyote Bush
  • Artemisia californica ‘Canyon Gray’, Canyon Gray Sagebrush
  • Carissa macrocarpa ‘Prostrata’, Ground Cover Natal Plum (also fire resistant)
  • Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Dwarf Plumbago (also as lawn substitute)
  • Lantana montevidensis Lavender Swirl TM, Lavender Swirl TM Lantana (lawn substitute, fire resistant)
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’, Prostrate Rosemary (fire resistant)
  • Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’, Manzanita Emerald Carpet (lawn substitute)
  • Pyracantha ‘Santa Cruz’, Santa Cruz Firethorn

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