A sloping garden can be a very tricky thing. A lot of people don’t really know what to do with it and they don’t get that much use out of the garden. But even though there are some things that you can’t do with a sloped garden, you should actually see it as an asset because there are a lot of advantages. It’s all about how you set it up and if you get that right, you can create an amazing outdoor space. If you’ve got a sloped garden and you don’t know what to do with it, these are some of your best options.
Separate The Garden
One of the main benefits of having a sloped garden is having the opportunity to split it into distinct sections, essentially giving yourself 2 or 3 different garden areas. You can do this in a normal garden, of course, but the effect is better when you’ve got different sections on different levels. It’s a fairly big job and you’ll have to get a landscaper in to dig out areas of the garden and install barrier walls and steps etc. but it’s worth the investment. Once you’ve got your different sections, you can have one as a play area for kids, one for entertaining, and one for growing plants and vegetables etc. It’s the best way to get more out of your garden and turn it into a brilliant multi functional space.
Water features are a great addition to any garden. They give you an area for wildlife to thrive and they’re one of the best ways to create a relaxed atmosphere in the garden. Water features in a flat garden are still good, but you’ve got far more opportunities in a sloped garden. You can create water features that extend the length of the garden, with small streams that feed into a pond at the bottom.
If you’re splitting the garden up and you want to create a dining/entertaining area, you’ll need a patio. One of the major downsides of a sloped garden is that it’s harder to install a patio area, but it is possible with a bit of extra planning. Drainage is one of your biggest issues so you need to think about the placement carefully. Ideally, you want it closest to the house so it’s easier if you’re cooking or making drinks in the kitchen etc. However, if the garden slopes upwards away from the house, you have to think about all of the water that will run down and collect. It’s easier if you put the patio on the higher end of the garden but you’ll still have to make sure that you’ve got plenty of drainage holes, especially if the area is bordered by walls.
If you’re working with a tight budget, decking is a better choice for your sloped garden. When you’re splitting the garden, you’ll need to do a lot of digging and put supporting walls in and that can be expensive. But with decking, the majority of the structure is built above the slope rather than digging down into it as much, so it’s easier and usually cheaper to install decking in a sloped garden.
If you stop seeing your sloped garden as a burden and start thinking of it as an asset, you can do a lot with it.
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