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How to Build up a High-Style Garden on Uneven Ground

Uneven ground or having a slope to deal with need not deter you from having a garden to grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs You can create a garden that creeps up a slope and will eventually give the slope a natural and lush look. You may occasionally have to add topsoil and mulch to the top layers to keep the garden healthy. Straw can serve as an inexpensive and effective mulch. The lower slopes will get some soil erosion when the topsoil comes downhill.


Raised layers

If you happen to have an abundance of natural rock or stone or boulders available, those can be a great option to build raised planter boxes. Food-safe plastic bins are also excellent. You might consider having cascading self-watering and drainage, or a water gauge can indicate when the plants need some additional moisture. Planters are good outdoors, indoors, or on a patio, deck, or balcony.

Wall gardens for steep areas

Designing a garden on a sloping area may seem to be a difficult challenge, but you can turn the area into an attractive and thriving garden. You can use tiered retaining walls made of rocks and boulders placed next to each other to create a continuous wall and stacking them to add height.

Adding interest can be incorporated by also planting different-colored and variegated foliage, ground covers, attractive vines, and perennials like berry bushes, garlic, and rhubarb. A garden on a steep slope can add a trellis to grow vines such as beans, tomatoes, squashes, and peas. Go low-maintenance and save money by not having to climb steep hills to carry out work by choosing thriving plants adapted to the climate.

Use the landscape for natural water flow

Slopes and hills create water runoff and sliding soil. An interesting selection can be ground-cover plants that will root wherever they touch the soil and prevent erosion. Ditches can be swales that look like small meadows or creek beds and filter runoff by allowing the water to sink into the soil. Water can also flow into rain gardens and provide a habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies after filling the hillside garden with attractive flowers such as marigolds and adding companion plants such as clover and mint.

Soil stabilization for garden paths

Moisture changes the stability of pathways, and you may need soil stabilization that is derived from rapidly-renewable organic and natural materials which will blend into the pore space of the soil and absorb as much as 12 times its weight in excessive water. Formed will be a cohesive gel that will bind the soil particles. Damp soil consistency will be maintained longer when wet, and slowly have moisture released back into the soil during dry conditions.

Many people find that when they have uneven ground to work with, the idea of a garden seems impossible. However, with a little creativity and by making use of the terrain, you can have a better garden then you’d ever have on flat land. With layering and other techniques, your garden will be beautiful from all angles.


Author Bio:  Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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