Difficult to build a sloping ground?
However, it can be a real asset for enjoying a unique garden.
Here are five tips to make your job easier.
Analyze the inclination
The layout of your sloping garden depends first of all on its degree of inclination: if it is gentle (about 5%), little work will be necessary: winding paths, three steps here, two there ... Be careful especially the flow of rainwater, which affects soil erosion, and the positioning of the house on the slope.
If, on the contrary, the degree of inclination is more important (from 12% while knowing that a strong natural slope is about 25%), it is necessary to carry out development work on a larger scale and create a space well thought out so that it is pleasant to live.
Draw a walk
An alley creates a path, inviting you to stroll in the garden. Plan it, not straight but undulating, to be more aesthetic and more pleasant to walk.
In addition, the gentle slope avoids the installation of obstacles, for easier use.
Create landings and stairs
To tame a steep slope, the formation of levels is essential to create flat spaces in different places: one place to rest, another for family lunch and a vegetable garden too, why not!
In this case, choose a sunny spot in the field. The construction of stone, wood or Corten® steel walls will determine the dimensions of the embankments.
Each can be enhanced with, for example, different styles and types of planting. And then, creating observation points will complete the benefit of a slope initially seen as a constraint: placed up, down, halfway down the slope, different spots offer several perspectives of the garden and the house.
Create a terrace overlooking the lawn
If you want to level your land, imagine for example a comfortable terrace on the edge of the house.
A staircase on one side or on each side then allows you to go down one floor and enter another atmosphere: an orchard, a vegetable garden perhaps? Or simply a grassed area.
Which plants to favor?
Rhizomatous plants, whose roots will have the role of stabilizing the soil, as well as ground cover plants and slope plants seem the most suitable. Gypsophila, geranium, lavender, heuchère, Daisy, erigeron, juniper crawling, meadowsweet, sedum… the list is long.
Also consider planting a few large plants to give rhythm to the whole and break the horizontality of the field.
The result will be ideally practical, safe and aesthetic.
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