Retaining Walls at Lake of the Ozarks

Creative Landscape Ideas for Sloped and Hilly Yards

Landscaping projects here at the Lake often call for creative design. But we have found that all the hills and slopes in our natural terrain can sometimes inspire interesting and uniquely beautiful landscape designs.

Rather than viewing your sloped or hilly yard as a challenge, think of it as a way to highlight your home’s architecture. With the right landscape design and erosion control, your landscape can be both beautiful and functional.

Here are our favorite creative landscape ideas for sloped and hilly yards that not only add extra flair and appeal to your yard, while keeping it safe from the harmful effects of erosion.

Retaining Walls and Terraces

If you have a sloped or hilly backyard, you may already have a retaining wall in place. These walls are used for extra support to prevent the earth from moving downhill due to erosion.

You can use retaining wall blocks and other natural stone materials to create a look that suits your style and transforms your landscape into a uniquely beautiful design.

Use terraces and retaining walls to landscape your hills.Terraced retaining walls can go a long way in making your sloped yard more appealing and tasteful. A terraced retaining wall can be just as efficient, or even more so, at preventing soil erosion as one single wall.  

You can use terracing to break up a big, sheer retaining wall into two or more smaller, staggered walls. This allows for additional landscape design, more creative retaining wall blocks, and overall a more aesthetically pleasing look.

If you want to plant a fruit or vegetable garden, adding in raised beds to your retaining wall landscape will provide extra functionality to your space.

Natural Stone Steps

A steep, hilly yard can be transformed from a dangerous slope to a charming garden staircase with the help of natural stones.

Stone steps make natural transitions for steep yards with hills.Natural stone steps are far less formal than indoor stairs, so you don’t need to follow precise measurements. In fact, the differing shapes and heights of the natural stone actually make the stairs feel more like they are a natural landscaping fixture as opposed to a man-made design.

There are tons of options when it comes to natural stone steps. You can use a single slab for each step or fit smaller rocks together to form the shape and size you desire. The possibilities are endless, and the result is a beautiful, natural landscape feature that adds an element of design and safety to your sloped yard.

Colorful Flowers and Winding Stone Pathways

A hilly yard is inherently dramatic, but by adding colorful flowers and winding pathways, you can add even more drama and allure to the landscape.

Natural stone pathways help break up slopes and hills in your landscape.Installing winding pathways with stone borders can help to shore up the slope, and the curve of the path provides a hint of mystery as you walk down.

Add in colorful flowers and shrubs that dangle into the walkway and you add in a whole new level of intrigue. There is something so peaceful about brushing past beautiful, fragrant flowers as you meander down a garden path.

Creative Landscape Designs Lake of the Ozarks

If you live on a hilly or sloped yard here on the lake, instead of looking at it purely as a challenge, think of it as a blank canvas from which you can create a landscape design that is uniquely your own.

The landscaping experts at Heartland Landscape Group are here to help with your sloped yard. We provide effective erosion control solutions as well as gorgeous designs that will transform your yard into your personal garden oasis.

Give us a call today to get started!

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