A yard with steep
grading can cause difficulties in both maintenance and design. Looking for
landscape ideas for your yard? Here are some fun ways that the Alderwood team
displays unique design alongside challenging grading.
A yard with steep
grading challenges can actually become an ideal space for terraced patios.
Alderwood crews took advantage of this property's unique sloping and created
several patio and lounge spaces, each serving a different function. By having separate lounge, fire pit, and reclining areas, this property is ideal for
A sloped landscape
is a perfect place for a dreamy winding pathway. Whether designed with
foliage surrounding, pavers, crushed gravel, or brick, walkways provide access
and allow for plenty of creative freedom. In this award-winning project, paved walkways extend the length of the yard with seating along the way.
With the right
professional expertise, you can easily set up a cozy fire pit and seating area
in your back or side yard. Rock outcroppings offer a natural touch, or you can
add colored gravel for visual interest.
If you are wanting
to add design to a small or unused area of your yard, a dry bed or rock garden
can add visual interest and controls any drainage issues. Dry beds can be any
size or length, which makes them a flexible landscape element for unique spaces.
We would be amiss to
discuss landscape design elements without mentioning water features. Long,
cascading waterfalls are ideal for any steep grading, as it naturally blends
into the hillside. For this project, our landscape architect added several
water features along the client's steep driveway for a luxurious accent.
Terraced Garden and
This design element
is the ideal option for lake-side properties like this one. Precisely-placed
shrubbery and rock outcroppings provide beautiful, functional steps down to a
dock or boat launch.
A sloped yard may
seem to limit your landscape design options, but we see endless opportunities!
Check out our other blogs for more ideas, or, if you want a professional to
take care of it for you, give us a call!