How to landscape a small slope

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How to landscape a small slope
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If you have a small slope in your yard and you just don't know what to do with it, here is a more cost-friendly way of taking care of this problem than hiring a landscape contractor. With a few landscape timbers and plants you will not only create a pleasing focal point in your yard; you will also be able to control erosion in this area.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Retaining cloth or erosion cloth
  • Rocks, any size
  • Plants
  • Garden timbers
  • Bolts or rebar
  • Cordless drill

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clear all grass, roots, rocks and debris from the slope.

  2. 2

    At the bottom of the slope, place garden timbers end to end and stacked until you reach an appropriate level to the slope. Drill pilot holes through the garden timbers and bolt them together or use lengths of rebar to hold them in place. If you are using rebar, make sure you have them deep enough in the ground to hold them in place.

  3. 3

    Measure and cut the garden timbers for the sides with the smallest size on the bottom. Stagger the lengths up against the slope until you reach the same height as the front of the retaining wall.

  4. 4

    Fill behind the retaining wall with soil to a slightly level area and lay the retaining cloth to completely cover the area. Secure it with various sized rocks.

  5. 5

    Cut holes in the cloth and lay out the plants or bushes to your particular desire. When you have placed the plants where you want them, plant them in the ground.

  6. 6

    You should now have a retaining wall with plants and rocks as a focal point.

Tips and warnings

  • Add an ornamental tree, yard ornaments or a water feature.
  • Wear a back brace.
  • Use goggles when using the drill or saw.
  • Always wear gloves.

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