What Can I Do With A Steep & Inaccessible Garden?

If your garden area is on a steep incline or decline (which will be defined by at what end you’re currently standing and where your…


If your garden area is on a steep incline or decline (which will be defined by at what end you’re currently standing and where your home resides in relation to it), you may feel limited in the amount of garden decoration you’re able to apply. Sure, you might not be able to implement a vegetable patch as easy in these conditions, or perhaps you don’t expect children in your family to run up and down it for safety reasons.

However, there can be some worthwhile measures you take to keep the space accessible as much as possible, as well as safe to occupy. It can also be nice to focus on making the most of the functional space, such as by curating the relevant space in the best way.

Sure, you might not be able to control how many degrees your garden can incline by without intensive efforts at shaping the land (and this may not be permissible), but you may consider some of the following advice:

A Staging Area

A staging area can be a fantastic place to start on your garden, because steep garden areas tend to feel quite inhospitable. Clearing room for patios, decks or porches can give you somewhere to bring your friends and family and keep them safe on level footing, as well as give you room to add cooking equipment like grills if required or even hammocks for relaxing in the summer. A staging area such as this can help you make the most of the space you have, and allow the steep incline or decline to look magnificent. That’s not a bad compromise to make in any capacity; and this approach will only add further utility to your garden. Call in the tree surgeons from Thor’s Trees if you need help removing some.

A Pond Placement

A worthwhile pond placement can make a tremendous difference in the visual appeal of your garden, and placed at the bottom or top of the incline or decline, can add some worth that you may not have been able to find elsewhere. For instance, this can replace a vegetable patch or an elongated flower arrangement, instead you may keep fish like koi or perhaps a couple of ducks that won’t entirely mind sitting in a steeper environment than most, provided they have access to a pond with level water curated with pumps that clean it. This can be a true point of pride in your outside space, something worth showing off to all of your friends and family.

A Small Staircase/Path

It’s also worthwhile to consider a small staircase or path for ascending or descending the garden safely. With a handrail on either side or just one of the sides, you’ll be able to get to the top or bottom peacefully. It may also help you attend to basic lawn maintenance such as pulling weeds, or making sure you have access to paint your fence at the other end. In some cases, landscaping the area so that a spiral path working up or down can add some unique texture to the space, a worthwhile investment to be certain.

Working With Grass

If you find yourself with a steep and inaccessible garden, there are still practical ways to transform it into a lush and inviting space. One solution to consider is overseeding your lawn. By learning how to overseed a lawn properly, you can rejuvenate your grass and create a more vibrant, healthy lawn. Overseeding involves spreading grass seed over an existing lawn, filling in bare patches, and promoting thicker, more resilient turf. This method is particularly beneficial for steep gardens, as it helps prevent erosion and stabilises the soil. With a bit of effort and the right techniques, you can turn your challenging garden into a beautiful green oasis.

With this advice, you’re certain to make the most of a steep and relatively inaccessible garden. Never say never, as they say.

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