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How to Landscape a Steep Hillside on Your Yard

By: Danny Lipford

John Deere provided the heavy equipment to improve the looks and control erosion on this steep hillside at a home in Windham, New Hampshire while landscaper Ron Hill of Shady Hill Greenhouses & Nursery provided the manpower and shared his expertise with me on how to prepare the soil and plant the dozens of ornamental grasses and other plants to anchor the soil in place.

Once the grass and weeds had been removed, additional topsoil and amendments were brought in and spread out over the area. When the steeply sloping ground was ready, Ron and his crew positioned large accent rocks then began planting.

To hold the soil in place and prevent weeds from growing, a thick layer of mulch was applied around the plants. Watch this video to find out more.


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  • Christina Bailey Says:
    September 4th, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    We just bought 5.8 acres that happened to come with a pretty nice house. The problem is that with the exception of where the house is and where the barn is it is entirely steep hills. All of which are covered in horrible weeds and blackberries. We don’t plan on doing any planting on the hills. We just don’t want them to continue growing and get closer to our house. We talked about getting a goat. But I feel like there is probably a faster way to get rid of them.

  • lisa elliott Says:
    January 29th, 2018 at 9:02 am

    He barely scratched the roots. I always open up them up; & I make sure the plants & the holes BOTH have been watered. These plants will not thrive as they should. But I suppose landscapers have no difficulty charging to come back & replace plants that didn’t survive.

  • malenda kolmerten Says:
    April 1st, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I have two steep hills in the front of my house that go into an acre pond. There are landscape rocks down both sides, however weeds have taken over and I’m tired of dealing with it every year. My question is, how can I start all over and get rid of weeds and plant beautiful shrubs, plants, flowers, etc.?

    Any help will be appreciated,

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How to Landscape a Steep Hillside on Your Yard