A steep slope or hillside in your yard can be a challenging area to landscape. Erosion control, drainage and access to maintaining plants are usually the three biggest factors to consider when you begin your plan. With a little ingenuity and creative input, an otherwise unstable and unusable space can become a wonderful asset that adds an enormous amount of unique character to your home. Here are 6 tips to use as a guideline when brainstorming landscaping ideas for a hillside.
A steep slope or hillside in your yard can be quite a challenge. Not only is it wasted space but it can create erosion and drainage problems, especially if your home is situated at the bottom of the slope.
Living in Hampton Roads, we’re all familiar with the effects of stormwater runoff and flooding. Throughout the residential areas, you’re sure to find many areas with drainage ditches, catch basins, open swales or the “designated drainage easement.” Generally these are necessary for the landscape to help redirect excess water away from a home, but sadly, many are an eyesore.
The allure of a natural waterfall and pond in your yard may have you combing the internet for ideas, but you may be unsure about the high maintenance, safety and pest issues of such a water feature. An excellent solution may be the increasingly popular Pondless Waterfall.
Nothing is more peaceful and relaxing that the soothing sound of water. If you would like to turn your backyard into a tranquil escape while adding beauty and value to your home landscape, consider adding a custom waterfall. A backyard waterfall design can take on many shapes and there is a size for the largest, to the smallest of outdoor spaces. Some choices include a roaring falls with large impressive boulders of varying heights, a meandering stream that flows softly down a hillside, a gentle cascade of a natural stone retaining wall waterfall, or even mini waterfalls that trickle into a charming pond to help aerate the water.
Your home and property can have stunning plants, architecture and objects, but without an established focal point those same beautiful items will compete for attention. Instead of being inspiring, the landscape becomes distracting and cluttered. To direct the eye through your landscape and tie it all together, establishing a strong focal point is a classic technique that professional landscape designers use. And, out of all the focal points to choose from, one of the most intriguing are those created by water.
The peaceful sound and motion of trickling water can turn any space into a tranquil retreat. You don’t need a huge sprawling backyard to have a beautiful water feature. There are many ideas suited to small yards and landscapes. Fountains, ponds, waterfalls, and birdbaths are a few of the possibilities that can be worked into your small yard design. You can further choose whether to have flowing or standing water, built-in features or free-standing containers. Here are some inspirational ideas for your own outdoor space.
Unique challenges abound for small yard homeowners. Maximizing the space without it becoming over-cluttered or messy, is key. Regardless of the tiny size, small landscaping can be beautiful, functional and add value to your home. Here are some useful tips for designing your own small backyard.
No matter how small your yard space is, with a little creativity and a great landscaping plan, tiny spaces can be transformed into seemingly spacious and lush backyard get-a-ways. The internet has a vast assortment of inspiration for every kind of petite landscape, but here are a four of our favorite small backyard ideas we’d like to share.
Winter is coming! Thankfully here in Southern Virginia we don’t get the harsh winters that our friends up North do, but it’s still important to prep your outdoor kitchen equipment for cold weather and the occasional freezes. Generally, December thru March are the months that have the highest likelihood of a freeze in the coastal Mid-Atlantic area.