Live On A Hill? Soil Stabilization Is A Must!

Having a home perched atop a hill means you get to have a wonderful view. Unfortunately, it also means you likely have a sloped yard to contend with. While this may not seem like a problem initially, erosion can make it hard to maintain attractive landscaping. Further, poor stabilization of a slope can lead to more severe issues, such as foundation shifting. The following are some slope stabilization options that are both attractive and effective.


Terracing is one of the most expensive options, but once properly installed it is also likely the most low maintenance and worry-free. A stabilization company will begin by carving out steps in the slope. The soil behind each step will then be stabilized by a sturdy retaining wall. The key is that the walls must be equipped with proper drainage so that water doesn't build up behind them and put undue stress on the wall. You can then grow anything desired, whether grass, flowers, or shrubs, in each terrace created by the walls. If plants aren't your thing, you can use mulch to cover the soil steps between walls.

Vegetation Grids

A vegetation grid is designed to be buried in the soil. This grid prevents the dirt from eroding from water running down the slope. The best part about the grid is that it also helps anchor vegetation. You can grow a full lush lawn inside a vegetation grid. Since the top of the grid is level with the ground, it's easy to mow over it. Another option is to grow wildflowers. Perennial versions are best since their deeper roots will further stabilize the soil. Ground cover, like ground ivies or creeping thyme, is another option if you prefer not to mow and want a low maintenance alternative to grass.

Drainage Diversions

A lot of issues with a slope are caused by water coursing down it and carrying away the soil. If you have only a slight slope, then solving the drainage issue may be all you need to solve the stabilization problems. Putting in a dry creek bed, which is a prettily landscaped drainage culvert lined with attractive stones, can provide a safe route for water drainage. You can also combine similar drainage diversion designs with any of the above stabilization methods, if necessary.

Contact a contractor that specializes in erosion control and soil stabilization to begin drafting a plan for solving the issues you have with your slope.