I have a small Hill in my back yard, need direction😀

by Alan
Hill is small but I have no real idea what to put on it. Also where would I find a couple of young people to assist me? I'm having some trouble with my back.
Will put additional dirt on Hill
  12 answers
  • Great space! I feel for you, as I have back issues too. Does your neighborhood have a local email network? I am on "Nextdoor" and has been wonderful. Neighbors help each other and share news, get rid of things they no longer need and get help. I put out a post for yard help too. Had a bunch of great high school and college kids come help me. I did pay them and fed them lunch.

    For planting, I would place a few (odd numbers for interest, even numbers for a formal look), specimen plants that suit your exposure and climate. Maybe a few potted plants on the patio, maybe a fruiting patio tree in a big pot and some annuals for additional color. Then pretty bark mulch or rocks to cover the bare dirt. Then add some yard art, shepherd hook with wind chimes or other yard art and then a bunch of solar lights to provide pretty dappled light at night.

    Hope this helps!

  • Jer7506110 Jer7506110 on Mar 28, 2017

    Looks like a great space and elevation for a water feature! I can see water running down a small dry creek with several drop offs to a small pond. Then add lovely plants . Question. From the pic It looks like the dirt might be siting up against a wood fence in the back. If so that will rot that fence and eventually push it out. I would remove the dirt away from the fence and spread it around the site before starting.

  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on Mar 28, 2017

    If you have a high school close by, one with a horticulture program would be great, You could ask thru the school for help. I did this one year and was very pleased. We have nextdoor too and it is great. We are just starting to organize the villages network here in Clark County.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 28, 2017

    Since there is not a lot of room for a specimen tree,I would start with some colorful perennials for your zone,add container plantings,a bench for a focal point,solar lighting ,a gazing ballad some garden statues.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 28, 2017

    Would be perfect for a water feature. Bet you could get a local garden center to put one in for you.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 28, 2017

    Everyone has wonderful ideas. I'm like you as far as back problems goes so I've learned to slow down and work in small chunks. Thinking about the entire project may be more than you can handle so my suggest from my experience would be to start with one part of it. What needs to be done first? Do that (even if it takes a few days. Do 15-30 mins. at a time if need be.) Then continue on. Put it in your mind that this is an ongoing project and every time you look at it, think about possibilities. You may have something in mind right now, but you may see something in 2 months that's even better. Slow and steady does work, even when you have back issues. Good luck!

  • Pauline Crawford Pauline Crawford on Mar 28, 2017

    Have a garden bar-b-que (hamburgers and hot dogs) for local teenagers. They can come and level the hill by digging it up and spreading the dirt. Then, have them plant vegetables and take care of the garden for you. When the garden has grown, they share the crop. Then, the following year, buy perennials, plant them and your problem is over

  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 28, 2017

    I do agree that the mound of dirt needs to be leveled off a bit, I looks like it could drain water right back to your house. Think about how you would use that area as is , and if it were more level. Then consider how much time and energy to you have for maintenance. water features need to be maintained, and take certain chemicals to do so. electric for the pumps etc. what would make that space easier for you to maintain?

  • Alan Alan on Mar 31, 2017

    Thanks Pauline, I have managed to get some help. Gotta say that is a great idea.

  • Julie Treumuth Julie Treumuth on Mar 31, 2017

    How about a flower garden, wild flowers will get butterflies and a hummingbird my stop by. Also if done with a path you can get cut flowers

  • Inetia Inetia on Mar 31, 2017

    If there are a lot of rocks I would have them dug out and lay them aside for later. This will make the soil better for planting and you could end up with a treasure trove of landscaping rocks, which could significantly reduce the size of your hill. Google Berm gardens for more ideas.

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  • Nancy Heller Bergeron Nancy Heller Bergeron on Mar 31, 2017

    I would add a short wall at the patio edge, dig down and set the first row below the patio level. Two rows high would look good, then back fill with organis gardening mulch. Add some perennial lillies, dianthis, philox, colorful grasses, and a few annuals. You could add local rocks for interest p.