Designing a sloping garden
Top tips for a sloping garden
If your garden has a steeper slope you may want to create terraces. In fact, this can be a great way to divide the garden into themed areas. For example, you could create a seating area for entertaining at the top, overlooking an ornamental lawn, with a separate play area, and a kitchen garden. Get creative – your only limitation is your imagination!
The easiest way to create terraces is by using a “cut and fill” technique. This is where you dig earth out to level the first terrace, and then use that earth to level the next layer, and so on. It can be used on both uphill and downhill slopes. Keep each terrace in place with a retaining wall –brick-built walls, concrete blocks (that you can paint, if you wish), rocks, stones and railways sleepers all work well. Don’t use wooden planks, as these will rot and cause problems in future.
Link each terrace with steps. These should, ideally, be wide and shallow, but if you end up with narrow or steep steps, consider adding handrails for safety. These could be incorporated into a rose-covered pergola, which would also be an attractive garden feature.