Owning a garden to begin with is a lovely idea, and an appealing prospect. However, not all gardens are alike. Some take more maintenance than others, while some may be so unique, deciding what to do with them can feel a little baffling.
We often see this with steep gardens. If your garden space is on a deep incline or decline (the location of your house will determine this perspective), you may need to refine the space more thoroughly than you would otherwise.
Of course, it’s also important to note that not all steep gardens can be as functional as large and flat spaces. Gardening may be less possible, implementing children’s play equipment is unlikely to be as safe, and levelling the entire space and starting over isn’t always possible, especially if that means fundamentally changing the land under you.
That being said, if you’re stuck with a steep garden, what options do you actually have? In this post, we’ll discuss that and more:
With the use of retaining walls and landscaping, it may be possible to segment a steep garden into multiple tiers or platforms. These may be smaller than a large garden altogether, but it could potentially provide you room for a seating area, a row of boxes you can use to plant vegetables or flowers, and even a space for grilling barbecue food. Tiered layers can also bring with them safety, especially if you fence off each one to prevent falling from one side to the next. Depending on the steep angle of your garden this may be more or less possible, but it’s always worth your consideration:
Drip Irrigation Systems
One of the benefits of having a steep garden is that you can make use of gravity. This means that when deciding your water runoff, you can implement drip irrigation systems that collect and disperse water into flower beds or boxes as we discussed above. This could allow for a more convenient and segmented approach to gardening, and also more of a hands-off approach, allowing you to offset the effort it takes to get up and down, even with the best stairs in teh world.
Ramps, Steps & Landings
Of course, traversing the garden is important, and doing so safely is non-negotiable. Implementing garden staircases, winding ramps and landings can allow you to more easily get up and down. Couple this with reliable handrails and small gates you can use to block someone from falling far if they do trip, and you can improve safety as appropriate. If the garden is very long and step, then you may even install winding ramps that allow for better disability or elderly access, without the trip hazards. Consider this a garden path of necessity, but with a few options of design available to you if you plan.
With this advice, you’re certain to manage your steep garden over time, even if that approach feels a little difficult as of the moment.