Blending Hillside Garden Into Lawn Area

havingfun2August 21, 2007

I am an amateur building a terraced hillside with dry rock walls. The bottom of the hillside is lawn and I'm having a problem trying to figure out how to blend the rock wall look into the lawn area.

I don't really want to finish the area off with just a rock wall at the bottom since this will create an area that needs to be weed wacked.

Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated!


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jeanner(SW Ohio - Z6)

I'm attempting the same thing, although for a variety of reasons, it's slow going for me. Would love to see pics of your work.

I lined my trenches with landscape fabric and left about 4" in the front - I was going to tack it down and cover with mulch. Not sure how long it will last but it should be good for a few years.

Or you could plant low growing plants in front of it.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 5:43PM
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Pics would be a huge help. My initial thought is no stone at the bottom of the slope. Just spade edge it and let it merge with the lawn.


    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 5:32PM
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I don't presently have a place to upload pictures. After I do, I'll repost.

Thanks for the suggestions!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 1:31PM
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A foot or two of mulch between the bottom wall and the lawn might be a less abrupt change and help with the weeds. I like to put down newspaper and then mulch for weed suppression. The lawn will try to creep into the mulch area once in a while so some maintenance would be required.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 4:15PM
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Do the dry stack...but make the bottom stone level with the soil and let it extend out 5" past where you want the front of the wall. This makes a place you can run your lawn mower wheel and keeps the grass from encroaching up to the wall.

You can see in my wall how all my stones are about the same size. If you look...I could have taken the bottom stone out further to hold the grass back.



Here is a link that might be useful: my wall

    Bookmark   October 16, 2007 at 9:02PM
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