Hillside landscaping can be challenging, but there are many possibilities for the outdoor space. By landscaping your hillside it can decrease the areas of your yard that need maintained by reducing the need to mow the grass. This can help with the safety issue also as mowing this area could be dangerous. To add appeal to the area you can use bushes, terraces, steps, and landscape rocks. In addition to adding appeal and value to your home, they also can help to prevent soil erosion. For attractive ground cover choose flowers and shrubs but there is one challenge with using these for ground cover. The water used to hydrate them will run downhill so it makes irrigation not as effective. To help the ground cover survive since the water will run down hill before it has time to soak into the ground you should choose plants and shrubs that are drought tolerant. These plants and shrubs have deep root systems. The deep root systems will help keep the soil in place, retain moisture, and prevent erosion.
Hillside landscaping may take a little more work than landscaping flat areas, but the end results are worth it. A little planning and creativity can turn a problematic hillside into one of the most attractive features in your landscape. If you’re not sure exactly what to do with your hillside, walk through your community to check out what your neighbors have solved their slope problems or browse through some hillside landscaping pictures to get some ideas of what’s possible.