I have always been interested in learning how to terrace a backyard and when we first began working on the garden layout for our cottage, I finally got my chance!
Our cottage has a large hill next to it which so far has been useless for any kind of gardening. My husband suggested that we build a sturdy, cobblestone staircase with walls for a terrace garden.
Although we were excited to start, after reading a few books on how to terrace a backyard we began to realize the potential cost of the project. However, after thinking it over for a few days we finally discovered a new idea on how to build the stairs ourselves!
We decided to build the staircase with manufactured cobblestones to make sure the stairs were even so nobody would catch their toes and trip. We also decided to use stone from around our property to build the sidewalls of the steps and the walls of the terrace garden.
The price turned out to be much lower than expected because we used so many materials that came naturally from the land and searched the local garden centers for any discount we could find.
If you have ever wondered how to terrace a backyard, let me tell you that it’s not the easiest job! We started out by clearing out the grass and bushes from the hill in order to dig out a rough frame for the steps. Digging up the land is a great resource for finding all the rocks we would later use in the retaining walls.
After we laid out the steps, we began to build the stone walls on each side in order to keep the dirt from eroding or falling out. The book on how to terrace a backyard also suggested placing landscaping cloth behind each row of stacked stones and piling dirt behind them, so we also did this. We realized that these cloths would help keep the soil from washing away through the walls every time it rained.
After creating the bottom layer of the retaining wall, we were able to clear out the excess stones from the surrounding soil. I covered it with a layer of top soil in order to prep the area for grass seed.
Laying the stone for the wall was not as difficult as I thought it would be, but you really need to take the time and effort to make sure that the rocks are sturdy and solid.
I really love how the stones add such a natural look to the garden layout! We made sure to pick the best stones to save for the very top of the walls to make sure it would look stunning.
I decided to plant an assortment of small plants to tuck them into the various nooks and crannies left in the stone wall. I also made sure to buy some Ivy for the retaining walls. Ivy and stone always look so perfect together!
After we finished the wall, it was time to plant! I separated the garden into four areas in order to plant shrubs, various types of roses, perennials, low growing plants and hibiscus flowers.
Learning how to terrace a garden was definitely worth the effort and I’m looking forward to watching to plants grow! A stone wall is a great addition to any garden layout that needs a bit of structure. I’ll be sure to keep you updated with more pictures of my constantly developing garden!Tags: creative fence idea, garden layouts, how to build a stone face wall, how to stone face block wall, How to terrace a backyard, indoor faux stone walls, landscape design ideas, landscape plan idea, stacked stone walls for retaining, starting a garden, stone walls, typical details for stone walls