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What is the best way to plant a garden on steep, hilly, and rocky soil.?

Looking for soil qualities, water, sun light, maybe scaping the landscape..


  1. landscaping timbers. create terraced areas. add good soil. plant.
  2. terracing the land out adding good soil would be my answer as well although I would point out that there are a variety of other materials you may wish to use as landscaping timbers often have toxic preservatives in them.
  3. There are different options for you. I am a landscaper and have done banks and slopes. The preparation is a little different then a flat suface. You can't get a tiller over the ground, so try and turn the soil over and rake as smooth as you can. Use any rocks to your advantage by incorporating them into your landscape. A good product to use on a steep incline is jute. It is a commercial heavy duty lanscape fabric. It rolls out and will help with erosion and also keep shrubs in place. You can also terrace the land, but you will have to try and get each layer as level as you can. There are many evergreen shrubs that will work on your hill. I will link you to my simple solutions section. There is a page on slope planting with evergreens. Take a look at the other pages in this section. I will also link you to my site map, as this page has everything that is on the website. You may be able to get some more information to help you with this project. There is a gallery of plant section which also may give you some ideas of what to plant for you climate zone. If you need any further suggestions, please feel free to contact me at the website. Have a great day and good luck with your project! Kimberly http://www.landscape-solutions-for-you.com/Solutions.html http://www.landscape-solutions-for-you.com/Site.html
  4. Slopes can be very difficult to keep watered. I would recommend using a soil amendment that will help retain water in the soil. Western Pozzolan has a great product for this called Lassenite. It is a 100% natural mineral with fantastic water absorbtion rates. It will hold in excess of 100% it's weight in water PLUS it will release that stored moisture back to the plant on demand. It will actually pull water uphill so you have an even distribution of water, even on slopes. It also helps reduce compaction in the soil. I have put a couple links below so you can check it out.