Terraced garden on a steep slope

Terraced garden

Terraced garden

A terraced garden built on a steep slope

There is a ridge that runs through the land in South Essex, from Bread and Cheese Hill on the A13  travelling North East to Rayleigh.

Gardening on the top of this ridge can be quite a challenge!

The lovely couple who own this garden are retired and wanted to enjoy their garden much more than they were doing.

The lady is a very keen gardener, loves her garden, but not as agile as before and she was finding it difficult to bend down to tend the borders for anything more than a short time.

Garden sloping steeply down from the house

Garden sloping steeply down from the house

Directly outside the patio doors were concrete steps and a lot of drains!

Old concrete steps

Old concrete steps

 The two main challenges

  1. Form an area at the top of the garden, close to the house, where people could sit and enjoy the view without disturbing any pipework.
  2.  Create borders and a lawn that were very easy to maintain with the minimum of bending over.

Our solution

  1. Build a deck so that it covers right over all the concrete steps while also protecting and giving access to the drains.
  2. Form level terraces using railway sleepers for lawns and raised planting beds

Building the deck

Deck frame covering the steps

Deck frame covering the steps

Decking over the stone steps

Decking over the stone steps

Establishing the terraces

The garden was terraced with railway sleepers to hold back the soil for lawns and planting beds

Garden with a very steep slope

Building the terraces

This is Ross from Landscope Gardens working out the top terrace.

Terraced garden on a steep slope

Terraced garden on a steep slope

 The different levels of a terraced garden on a steep slope

Top level, seating area by the patio doors in decking

Next level, origional crazy paving cleaned up and repointed.

Level 3 grey slate to stand containers

Levels 4, 5, 6, 7, lawns with raised planting beds

Final level, an area of lawn with a summer house and birch trees

Happy owners of a new garden

Happy owners of a new garden

Happy owners of a new terraced garden

Railway sleeper terrace

Railway sleeper terrace

This photo shows how well the railway sleepers form steps, the shapes of the lawns and the raised planting beds.

Terraced garden on a steep slope

Terraced garden on a steep slope

Sitting and looking out at the view from the new decking.

A Garden Design of your own?

If you would like a Garden Design of your own starting with a free consultation in your own garden, please telephone 07843 410869 or send me a message via the contact page 

Until then

Happy Gardening

Wendy

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