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6 Tips for a Steep Slope or Hillside Landscape

6 Tips for a Steep Slope or Hillside Landscape

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.

Reroute Stormwater Beautifully with Dry Stream Bed Landscaping

Reroute Stormwater Beautifully with Dry Stream Bed Landscaping

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.

Tips & Ideas for Backyard Waterfall Design

Tips & Ideas for Backyard Waterfall Design

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.

Using Yard Water Features as a Focal Point

You are here Using Yard Water Features as a Focal Point

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.

Fantastic Water Features for Small Yard Landscaping

Fantastic Water Features for Small Yard Landscaping

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.

 

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