Landscaping Ideas For Homes Sitting At The Top Of A Hill

When your house sits at the top of a hill, landscaping presents a challenge, but it isn't impossible to create a landscaping design that you love. With a little work, the help of a construction company that specializes in excavation and grading, and a lot of creativity, it isn't difficult to transform your yard into something amazing.

Flatten a Portion of the Land

Do you want any grassy areas? If you have children or pets, you need to have a place for them to run and play. However, mowing the grass uphill isn't an easy task. So, you should consider flattening a portion of the land and transform it into a patio and backyard area.

In order to do this, you need to contact an construction company that specializes in excavation and grading. The construction workers can excavate a portion of the land in an area where the hill is wider to create more space. Then, they can grade the land by adding topsoil to extend the area and flatten the land. Once the land is flat, you'll have plenty of room to create an amazing backyard space without having to work hard to maintain the grass. It's important to hire professionals to complete this process.

While digging out a portion of the hill and adding topsoil sounds easy, there are several things that need to be considered to ensure safety. A few things you should ask the contractor include:

  • How to excavate a portion of the land without losing the support needed to keep landslides from happening.
  • How he plans to control the water flow so that rainwater doesn't flood your backyard space.
  • How difficult it will be to maintain the retaining wall that is needed to keep the added soil secure.

Use the Slope to Your Advantage

While living at the top of hill is difficult at times, the sloping land actually makes designing a beautifully landscaped yard easier. When you're planting flowers, bushes, and trees on flat land, it's easy for everything to blend together visually. This isn't the case with sloped land, as long as you use it to your advantage.

In order to do this, you need to work your way up the hill in sections. A landscaping company can help you build small retaining walls to create flower beds at various levels. In each flower bed area, you need to plant flowers and bushes in order of height. Plant the tallest bushes and plants near the top of the section, working your way down to the leveled area at the bottom of the section where you can plant shorter flowers.

Planting Trees

When your house sits at the top of a hill, tree placement is difficult. Planting trees provides you with extra privacy. However, you don't want to obscure the view from your house. Fortunately, you do have a few options.

  • Plant mid-sized trees at the top level of the flower bed sections that you create.
  • Use larger trees to line the driveway or walkway.
  • Plant trees in your backyard or patio area.
  • Plant trees at the bottom of the hill for added privacy. Then, start your landscaping on the land behind the trees.

Remember, there are both advantages and disadvantages to owning a house on top of a hill. Don't make landscaping a problem. Hiring a company like Haas Construction to excavate and grade the land and planning each landscaping detail carefully makes the process a lot easier.