How to deal with a sloped garden
Sloped gardens can be amongst the most daunting to an inexperienced gardener, but the most exciting to a garden designer. Yes, sloped sites can be tricky to deal with, but they provide a vertical dimension that most gardeners would be jealous of.
Designing and planning is key to ensuring that you finish with a garden that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also practical.
Survey the site
This is the most crucial part of getting the garden right. If you have tricky levels to deal with, you need to know the height difference from one area to another if you want a design that not only works on paper but also on the ground.
When surveying the site, a garden designer will bring with them professional surveying equipment to plot all the levels before putting starting the design.
Cut and fill
This involves moving soil from one area of the garden to another to help grade the garden, or create terraces providing you with a series of flat areas.
Reusing the soil within the garden saves the cost from having the spoil removed from site, and additionally can help to create interest within the garden.
The style of retaining structure depends upon the style of garden that you desire. There are multiple options to select from including Gabions, rendered walls, oak sleeper, etc. It is important to choose an option which is in keeping with the overall garden design, and is fit for purpose.
Other ideas for sloped gardens
There are so many possibilities with a sloped garden. For example, grading the garden to create a gentle sloping lawn, introducing a water feature, or creating a terraced deck.
Working with a garden designer will explore the different options, and determine the best solution for your new garden.