Steep Slope Landscaping Ideas

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Landscaping on a sleep slope is often no small challenge. However, with big challenges comes great rewards! In this post today, we’re going to share with you a number of landscaping ideas to deal with steep slopes so you can stand back and marvel at your outdoor area!

Mass Rock Walls

It would only be fair that we start with our own solution to steep slopes. Rock walls or boulder walls are the most cost effective way of retaining large amounts of soil. Mass rock walls are the oldest form of retention on earth; many structures lasting for thousands of years!

Our walls are not only faster and cheaper to build but provide beautiful, natural looking landscape structures. This method creates planting pockets allowing you to create a semi green structure
in just a few months and really brighten up your space. See the image below.

Small Planter Boxes

When you’re dealing with a large sloping area, the best way to tackle it is in small chunks. Start by taking advantage of the area closest to your living area and create manageable planting boxes. At these lower levels, you can often do this work without any heavy equipment and the results can be terrific.


A smart, natural way to utilise the land on a steep slope is by planting shrubs, trees, and flowers. This is because the roots will develop and actually hold the soil in place. Go nature! This is great for preventing runoff during wet weather, since the number of plants will lessen the force of the water.

Try to focus on native plants, since they will have an easier time adapting to your landscape. If the soil on your slope is deep, you will need plants that can develop deeper roots to compensate. You should still cover sections of bare soil with mulch or rocks to lessen the impact of rainfall and erosion.


Building a deck on a sloped site isn’t much more difficult than on a level surface—so long as you plan for the difference. In fact, building a deck on sloped land creates a stunning living and recreational space because you get both usable area and most likely, a view! . An attractive, usable deck will not only enhance your lifestyle but will also increase property values.

Note – depending on the severity of the slope, this may be beyond the capabilities of most DIYers so make sure you contact a professional if needed!

We’re lovers of all kinds of landscapes at Rock Walls Melbourne. Every project is different and requires the right system to achieve the perfect result. If you’re looking for a large scale retaining wall and love the natural look that a rock wall can provide, then we want to hear from you. Contact Jeremy on 1300 886 303 to discuss your project today