DIY beds on the slope

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DIY beds on the slope

Any gardener dreams of a perfectly flat area. However, not everyone has a well-located garden. Very often, the beds have to be broken up on rather steep slopes. Is there a chance to grow a decent crop in such a garden? No doubt there is. But you need to remember that the technique of planting the beds will be somewhat different. The correct implementation of the recommendations will allow you to get a crop no less than from a garden located on a flat area. Of course, you will have to make enough effort to set up a garden on a steep slope. In addition, at the first stage, the site will require additional funds. However, as a result, you can get an excellent garden, protected from soil erosion. Don’t be in a hurry to land. Carefully consider the plan of the future garden, consider the terrain. Careful zoning of the site is necessary depending on the steepness of the slope in its different parts. Despite the apparent difficulties, even such a garden has undoubted advantages.

Advantages of a garden located on a slope.

First of all, on such a site it is a little easier to organize an irrigation system. Water does not accumulate on the beds, but rather quickly gets between them. There will be no stagnant water on the slope. Nevertheless, it makes sense to drain the site in any case.

The second advantage of such a site is its decorative potential. With the right approach, you can become the owner of a unique estate. Such a site provides an excellent opportunity for the location of waterfalls and alpine slides. The hilly terrain is a scope for the imagination of even a novice landscape designer.


Finally, even capricious heat-loving plants can be grown on the southern slope, as the slope will be well warmed up and lit.

Disadvantages of a site broken on a slope.

Water from such beds drains faster, they will need to be watered more often. The house cannot be placed at the bottom of the slope, as it may be flooded during the flood period. Landslides can occur, so the site must be strengthened properly. It won’t come cheap. If suddenly the site is located on the northern slope, the planted plants will have almost no chance of surviving.

However, most landscape problems can be solved on your own. The main thing is a competent approach.

How to rationally use an uncomfortable area.

Sometimes the owners do not know how to properly dispose of the site on the slope. Only relatively flat patches of land are used, and the slopes remain uncultivated. In such places, the owners simply sow the lawn, or, in the worst case, the area simply overgrows with weeds. This is an irrational use of land. On the slopes there is often enough fertile land on which to plant vegetables. Due to the slopes, you can significantly increase the size of your garden.

Depending on the steepness of the slope, the site is divided into three types:

  • gentle slope. The slope of the site is no more than 10 degrees;
  • slope of medium steepness. The slope of such a site is much greater – from 24 to 28 degrees;
  • steep slope. The angle of inclination of such a section is more than 30 degrees.

With a gentle slope, there are no difficulties with planting plants. You can use such a plot for planting vegetables, or you can try to set up a garden.

It is easy to protect a slope of medium steepness from washing out. Especially if it is used for planting herbaceous plants. To strengthen such an area, it is good to use lawn grass. Preference should be given to plants with a well-branched root system. A good choice would be clover and buttercup. However, if the owners want to grow vegetables, they cannot do without additional strengthening. Metal grids and geogrids are suitable for these purposes.

But if the site is located on a very steep slope, you can not do without terracing. The land in such a territory should be strengthened as much as possible, otherwise the garden will be washed out very quickly.

We break the beds on a steep slope.

In each case, you need to use different methods to protect the fertile layer. The main rule – you should not place the beds along the slope. When watering, the water will drain very quickly, carrying soil particles with it.
As the basis for the beds, it is convenient to use a geogrid. It will securely strengthen the slope. In addition, geogrids are made of polymeric materials that are very durable. So strengthening the beds will be a one-time event that does not require additional costs in the future.

A proven method of soil retention is planting shrubs. It is good if the shrubs alternate with the beds. Rose hips, some varieties of ground cover roses, as well as Japanese quince are well suited for these purposes. However, before planting, you should carefully study the characteristics of each of these plants and its climate requirements.

Finally, the most radical way is terracing. It is laborious and quite costly, but allows you to use the steepest slopes for planting beds. Barriers are created from wood and slate, which are covered with earth. With the right layout, the slope becomes like a staircase with steps at different levels. Depending on the size of the future beds, the width of the step is also formed.

Features of planting a garden on a slope.


If you wish, you can even plant a garden on the slope. On gentle slopes and slopes of medium steepness, there are no special tricks when landing. It is enough just to choose trees with a powerful and branched root system. An apple tree, viburnum, mountain ash will do. Of course, you need to be careful when choosing a variety – different varieties of the same species can form different types of root systems. It will be useful to add shrubs: raspberries, rose hips and others.

But if the slope is very steep, it is necessary to create a system of terraces on it. To strengthen them, you need to use brick and concrete. Wood and slate, which are so well suited for beds, will certainly be broken tree roots. That is why the walls of the steps of the terraces need to be made as strong as possible.

We decorate the site. Flower beds on the slope.

flower beds

A flower garden on a slope will look especially impressive. Planting flower beds is not very different from planting vegetable beds. On a gentle slope, a flower bed can be broken up as if the site is absolutely flat. However, if the slope is a little steeper, it is worth reinforcing the ground with a metal mesh. If the flower bed is large enough, and the site is especially steep, it is necessary to make a terrace. Its walls can be made simply from boards. In this case, the flower bed will look especially good.

We break high beds on the slope.

The beds on the slope

With a certain skill, high bedscan be broken anywhere. To install them, you first need to clear the site. You can strengthen the soil, but it is not worth terracing the entire site. High beds themselves form steps that strengthen the soil. The sides are made of wood. For additional fixation in the soil, their legs are deepened properly. At the bottom of such a bed, it does not interfere with putting a fine mesh to protect it from moles. The height of the beds is chosen depending on the fertility of the site. If the soil in the bed is good enough, a bed with a side of 20-25 cm will suffice. However, if the soil is not fertile, you will have to build a compost bed. Its height can reach 50 cm. Do not make the bed too wide. The best option is a two-row bed. On the slope it is much more convenient to arrange several narrow beds than one large one. 

There is no need to give up, even if the garden is not located in the most convenient place. If desired, even such a plot can be turned into a dream of any gardener.

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