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How to Plan Landscaping On a Hill

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Planning landscaping on a hill is both exciting and challenging. Some of the most beautiful examples of landscaping are set on hills, but it was almost certainly a job of work to make this happen.

How the landscape is planned on the hill depends on what the area will be used for. If it’s to be an area for recreation and entertaining, it’s best if the hill is terraced. You’ll also need to terrace the hill if you’re planning a cutting garden or a vegetable garden. A series of small terraces or outdoor rooms built on a steep hill are more esthetically pleasing than one long terrace.

However, if you don’t want or need a terrace on the hill, the best thing is to cover the hill with plants to not only beautify it but to prevent erosion. But even this needs careful planning and a bit of work.

First, the plantings should be easy to get to and care for. This might necessitate building steps. Moreover, grass lawns should be avoided on very steep hills. Grass makes a hill look more intimidating than it is, and if the hill is really steep, it can be arduous and even dangerous to mow. This is why landscape designers recommend that a hill that slopes more than a foot in height for every three feet of lateral distance not be mown at all. Flowering groundcover like creeping phlox are ideal for planting on steep hills.

• About Microclimates
Since warm air rises and cooler air sinks, hills also create their own microclimates. The top of the hill will tend to be warmer than the bottom, and a north facing hill is much cooler than a south facing hill. This means that plants with different requirements for climate can be planted at different elevations on the same hill.

• Where Is the House?
A house on the top of a hill looks rather grand, even if it’s small. One way to take advantage of this is to build a meandering walkway to the front door edged with shrubs, flowers and other interesting elements.

• How to Plant
Before any plants are established on a hill, the soil will need to be amended so it’s not too acidic or too alkaline. After that, the hill will need to be covered with landscape fabric and the fabric covered with mulch. This will keep down the weeds, which can be difficult to control on a hill. It also controls erosion.

The plants all need to have enough space on the hill for their roots to establish themselves firmly. If the plant is large, like a sapling, the uphill part of the hole should be dug a bit deeper than usual. The downhill side of the hole should have soil mounded up around it to stop erosion. Holes can be dug flush with the slope of the hill for smaller plants.

Though it takes a bit more planning and work than a more level area of land, landscaping on a hill can bring its own unique beauty and satisfactions in the end.

 

Trey Palmer is the owner of palmersturf.com, a leading provider in Zoysia Sod and other turfgrass needs.

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal With a New Planting Bed

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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The appearance of the outside of your home gives every passerby an impression of what it looks like on the inside. When you’re selling a house, it’s especially important to make that work in your favor. Your home’s curb appeal is the first chance you have to entice potential buyers to want to see more. Creating a new planting bed is a great way to add dimension and color to your landscaping and improve your home’s curb appeal.

These quick gardening tips will help you make an eye-catching planting bed that enhances your landscape and reflects the time and money you’ve invested in your home. Whether your house is on the market or you just want to make it stand out, consider taking on this weekend project to give your home’s curb appeal a quick boost.

Gardening tips for creating a new planting bed

Start by choosing a spot that will complement – not hide – the features of your home. Lining the driveway, walkway or front of a house often works nicely to improve its curb appeal.

Once you’ve chosen the location for your new planting bed, mark the borders, and dig up the grass inside them. Make sure you remove any roots and debris. Then, use an MTD tiller to turn the soil. Before you begin, check your tiller for worn or damaged parts. If anything needs to be replaced, it’s best to use genuine factory MTD tiller parts . They are made specifically for your machine and will maximize its performance. As you are turning the soil, you can ensure better planting results by mixing in organic matter

Next, dig a trench – about 8 inches deep and 2 inches wide – around the edges of the bed. This will help prevent other vegetation from invading the new planting space. You may also want to line the bed with stones that match your home and landscaping.

Effective curb-appeal landscaping features plants of a variety of sizes, colors and textures. To make your landscaping pop, incorporate a mix of plants into your new bed. Consider bloom times and season as your make your selections. Before you put them in the ground, arrange your plants in the bed to make sure you get the spacing right. Then, plant them, spread mulch around them and water them.