Ideas For Landscaping on a Hillside or Bluff

Ideas For Landscaping on a Hillside or Bluff

Hillside Landscaping Ideas
Five tips for landscaping a slope

From Landcaping Network

Properly designing a landscape on a relatively flat sloped yard is hard enough.  Considering all of the elements of design like space, rhythm, color, texture, etc. can be challenging in a standard environment, let alone having to deal with significant drops in slope and elevation changes.  Add into the mix a hillside or severe slope such as a lake or ocean bluff, and you have an extremely challenging task.  This post from the Landscaping Network gives some great tips and ideas for handling this very situation elegantly.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Hillside landscaping is the most challenging of all residential design problems. Whether it is a natural undisturbed slope or one composed of cut-and-fill, there are five essentials that every homeowner should be aware of. Not all designers will be skilled in this special situation, so you must know your options before decisions are made that can not only be extraordinarily expensive to implement, they can have far reaching impact on the stability of your entire homesite.

More hillside homes have been lost to wildfires than those on level ground. This is because fire moves on land like water – only in reverse. When vegetation down slope from the home begins to burn, rising heat causes the house to catch fire prematurely. Therefore what you do to the slope down hill from your house or your neighbor’s may dictate whether it survives a fire.

The Essentials

1. Preserve the view while solving problems.

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