I am in love with my backyard, and I have been ever since we decided to move in four years ago! Our backyard was a pile of dirt with an awkward slope for the first few years of our residence here. While I hated the lack of landscaping, I knew that the yard layout had seriously amazing bones! Working with the sloped space was tricky, and I know from experience! Here’s what you can do with your awkward sloped yard space:
If you love the idea of incorporating brick into your landscaping, it might be time to build a retaining wall! Here, the bricks aren’t layed super close together, and that’s exactly what’s so magical about it! Fill the cracks with moss, shrubs, and dramatic flowers.
Turn your sloped yard into a staircase to heaven! Build steps on a slope, and have the grand destination be somewhere seriously epic. Colored planters are a great way to adorn your new yard feature!
Depending on how large your yard slope is, it might be better to “layer” terraces and seating areas. If you have the space, consider paving a small pathway from each level to the next. My slope isn’t quite this large, but I would love to do something similar if we ever decide to change up our landscaping.
Don’t let any of your yard space go wasted; build yourself a herb garden that goes up the hill! You can use whichever materials you think would look best, but I love the rustic charm of this wooden paneling.
Remember when I said to “step it up?” Take it a “step” further by covering your steps with a lush, green ground cover. I always love using boulders in my landscaping, so use them when you can!
Depending on the layout of your yard, this idea makes for great usage of sloped space! Dig down, and install a seating area with a fireplace. This backyard is the place to be in the summer!
I’m serious when I say that installing steps is the best usage of sloped space. In fact, it’s what we did in our yard! I love how the mulch creates a fantastic contrast to the grass. Even though these steps don’t exactly “go” anywhere, I bet you could have tons of fun hanging out in those trees.
Build a few raised garden beds on your slope to keep your family fed all year long! If the air is getting crisp, cover your veggies with metal framing and plastic. DIY greenhouses are the best!
Learn how to create a backyard waterfall on sloped landscaping with this tutorial from How to Build It.
If you have children, consider installing a slide at the top of your slope. Complete with steps for your kiddos to climb, this backyard screams “Summer Fun.”