Question by  Hassan (68)

What suggestions do you have for landscaping a hillside yard?

My front yard is one big green hill, I would like to add some spark to it with landscaping.


Answer by  scyllatwo (226)

It would be a good idea to use a combination of small trees, such as flowering dogwoods, small shrubbery and maybe three or four small flower beds -- but the most important thing is to stagger the planting as you proceed down the hill. This will eliminate any future problems as far erosion.


Answer by  seb (220)

Retaining walls built in tiers would be one option. You could also plant medium size trees which will add appeal and help with erosion.


Answer by  Aya (797)

One option for landscaping a hill is to make several tiered flower beds (like steps) using railroad ties to support the dirt. Each row can be a different color and texture.


Answer by  ilikesmirf (147)

Depending on the complexity or unevenness of the hill, I would seek the opinion of a landscaper. If you want to level it out, you may want to check and see if a retaining wall will be needed when leveling out the yard. You can also just plant a few trees to break up how the land is viewed.


Answer by  Zoso (869)

Full terracing is one option, but ambitious. If you do plantings, remember the "Christmas tree rule"; large foliage at the bottom, with smaller plantings at the top, looks more proportional.

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