Landscaping a slope in the front yard (no retaining wall allowed)

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  • Prize: $55
  • Entries Received: 12
  • Winner: yalmazkhan

Contest Brief

Hi,
I'd like to get some suggestions on landscaping a slope with stairs around it. This area is at the front of our house. No retaining wall was allowed by the city (permit issue). The dimensions requirements are in the photo. I'm looking for sketches with technical information on how to implement it. Current landscaping ties have to be removed and slope modified.

* A retaining wall built using new landscaping ties is on the left and the same retaining wall can be built on the right.
*I suppose I could use some rocks, but I don't want any big boulders that we would not be able to move with just hands or wheelbarrow.
* We cannot use concrete either
* There need to be a flat 6 ft landing area all along the road for people getting off from their cars, and then it has to slope 2:1 or 3:1 towards the house. The landing area must be grass. The issue is that the concrete stairs landing area is only 40" and flat area needs to be 6 ft, so I would need to somehow keep soil off the stairs to implement the slope the city wants. I think we'll have to add more soil to meet this requirement too.
* Not sure how to naturally slope it and prevent soil from erosion. It rains for months between Fall and Spring. We could use grass and plants. Plants can only be 0.9m tall max. I came across this product but maybe I don't need it: [login to view URL]
* It has to be LOW MAINTENANCE (grass, mulch, etc.). I don't want a garden I have to tend to all year round. I enjoy gardening maybe for 1h/week.
* I would like to see something beautiful and calming to look at because I see this space from my kitchen and living room

Here are some ideas on landscaping/planting slope. You don't have to give me the exact name of the shrubs or plants, just some design with plants, mulch, crushed rocks, pebbles, etc.
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Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks!
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Not sure how to add more skills to this project. I suppose interior design could be a good skill.

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Employer Feedback

“I am not a gardener and felt a bit overwhelmed by the garden in a house we recently moved to. Yalmaz' entry addressing my landscaping dilema made it clear that to design/renovate our front yard I need to split the garden into sections, choose plants and hedges, and position them in some design/shapes. His entry was very detailed, clear, and answered my question regarding creating low maintenance and lovely design. I would hire him again.”

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Public Clarification Board

  • shahidullah79
    shahidullah79
    • 1 month ago

    Are you use your existing stair ?

    • 1 month ago
    1. poncaster
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi Shahid, yes, when I submitted I planned to use the same stairs, but I could probably change the stairs.

      • 1 month ago
  • yalmazkhan
    yalmazkhan
    • 1 month ago

    Ok sir, i am working as per your design instructions. I have prepared drawings but i am finalizing it. Thank You for your feed back.

    • 1 month ago
  • yalmazkhan
    yalmazkhan
    • 1 month ago

    The level of the slope and stairs should be in same alignment?

    • 1 month ago
    1. poncaster
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi Yalmaz, stairs, and slope probably won't be exact alignment because of the requirement 6ft depth flat on top and stair landing area is only 40" depth, but I just would like some solution so that soil won't go on the stairs. Here are some ideas how to plant/landscape slopes: https://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/slope-solutions/?

      • 1 month ago
  • yalmazkhan
    yalmazkhan
    • 1 month ago

    I understand the scenario before preparing my design. Can you please elaborate this. "The issue is that the concrete stairs landing area is only 40" and flat area needs to be 6 ft, so I would need to somehow keep soil off the stairs to implement the slope the city wants"?

    • 1 month ago
  • tanjiraumee
    tanjiraumee
    • 1 month ago

    #sealed

    • 1 month ago
  • tuongeng4
    tuongeng4
    • 1 month ago

    ok, i will do it

    • 1 month ago
    1. poncaster
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Look forward to it

      • 1 month ago

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