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Mexican Beach Pebbles - Sloped Backyard
Category Landscape Rock
A naturally sloping backyard has both challenges and advantages. On the positive side, it improves your view if you have something other than an adjacent street nearby. On the other hand, it can present some difficulties when it comes to landscaping and general upkeep. Below, we offer suggestions for what can be done with a sloped backyard.

Have the Soil Tested

Before going any further, take a sample of your soil and have it tested. The reason for taking this step is to determine the nature and composition of your soil so you can safely make updates to the angled areas without worrying about landslides or excess soil erosion.

Treat Yourself to a Multilevel Deck

Take advantage of the slope in your backyard and build a deck that naturally works with the inclined area. If you have enough space, you may be able to create a multilevel deck, which gives you the option of designating different areas for different purposes. For example, you could use the lower level for grilling and the upper level for relaxing or enjoying family activities.

Landscape in Layers

What you’re doing here is using each area of the slope for a different type of plant or flower. Visually, it looks great, since you get more variety with color and texture. Practically, it works as well, since the various layers minimize soil erosion. 

Mix things up and add some landscaping stones such as black polished pebbles between your layers. You can even use decorative colorful stones to make things even more visually appealing when it comes to the overall finished results.

Use Landscaping Stones

Another option to consider is replacing grass on your sloped areas with decorative stones, such as white pebble rock. Landscaping with decorative rocks means you won’t have to worry about mowing an angled yard, which can be difficult. Plus, you’ll have an appealing alternative to grass that’s easy to maintain. If you prefer to add some plants into the mix, choose low-maintenance ones for the sake of convenience. Consider going even further and adding some water features around your landscaping stones, with options including:

• Artificial waterfalls
• Fountains
• Small “streams” that allow water to naturally run down in certain areas around your landscaping stones, which is also a great way to further minimize erosion

Create a Winding Walkway

Landscaping stones can also be used to naturally work with the slope in your backyard to create a walkway. Depending on where you put your stone-based path, you may be able to create a garden pathway that leads directly to your home. You can even use larger stones or decorative rocks to make a stairway.

Create a Fun “Destination” Point

If all you have is a street at the end of your sloped backyard, use some of the space at the bottom of the sloped area to create a “destination” for friends and family members. Depending on how much space you have to work with, this might be a BBQ grilling space, a gazebo, or a small seating area. 

With minimal effort, you can transform your sloping backyard into a beautiful, inviting space. For advice on designing your home’s landscape with river rocks and beach pebbles, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rocks Stones & Pebbles, a premier decorative rock and supply superstore. We specialize in drought-tolerant landscaping materials, including a variety of Mexican beach pebble and river rock. To learn how we can help you enhance the exterior of your home, call us today at (866) 380-0770.

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