If you are fortunate to have a grassy slope in your yard, view it as an opportunity to turn a plain spot into something extraordinary.
Plus, you eliminate the tiresome challenge of mowing a steep, dangerous slope.
Keep your mower on level ground by converting steep inclines into colorful beds of perennials, ground covers, shrubs and meadow grasses for a low-maintenance, erosion-preventing landscape.
Here’s How to Turn Slopes into Mow-Free Beds:
- Use a garden hose and marking paint to define new beds.
- Spray the area with a broad-spectrum herbicide. It’s not necessary to wait 1-2 weeks for the lawn to die before tilling, but the work will be easier if you do.
- Use a broadcast spreader to apply fertilizer.
- Spread compost roughly 1” thick to help soil hold water and nutrients.
- Run a tiller over the ground to a depth of 4-6” or turn with a shovel.
- Rake the area smooth.
- Install low-maintenance plants.
- Spread double-shredded hardwood bark mulch 2” thick. Do not cover trunks or stems of plants with mulch or they may rot.
Tip: Install a soaker hose directly over the root ball of perennials and loop once around the base of each shrub to conserve water and time.