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Sloped Yard to Outdoor Oasis
Transforming a Sloped Yard with Stunning Natural Stone and Retaining Walls
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When it comes to small yards, making the most of every square foot is key. The elevation in this backyard was particularly steep, which presented its own set of challenges in creating the desired outdoor living space - a challenge we had no trouble conquering.
We planned for low-maintenance yards, both front and back, complete with complementary stonework throughout, and Douglas Fir bark Mulch in the garden beds to retain soil moisture and prevent weed growth. All the garden beds were filled with our Premium Garden mix - a proprietary blend of peat moss, compost, perlite, and sandy loam, designed to provide all the nutrients flowers and plants need while neutralizing the soil's pH.
40 mm Drain Rock
40mm Drain Rock is a natural rock that is grey in colour, used for general landscaping, and driveways. This is an un-washed rock.
40mm Rundle Rock
40mm Rundle Rock is dark charcoal in colour, used for decorative purpose. It is unique to Alberta.
Douglas Fir Premium Mulch
Medium-shred Douglas Fir mulch.
Front Patio Seating Area
Beyond the creek bed, we used Dimension 6 Expocrete pavers to construct a seating area in the front yard. The Dimensions™ 3-piece system plus accent pieces deliver crisp, clean lines and a smooth, linear surface to create stunning contemporary designs with maximum efficiency. The Dimensions™ line is available in three colours: Charcoal, Victorian, and Tofino Grey FM — for this landscape construction project, we used Tofino Grey FM to compliment the Charcoal Pisa retaining wall in the backyard. Along the side yard between the front and back hardscape patio areas, we laid a 20mm Limestone pathway leading to the backyard.
Premium Garden Mix
Premium Garden Mix is a 19 scoop blend of sandy black loam, compost, peat moss, and perlite. Perfect for vegetable gardens, planter boxes, and as a soil amendment for laying sod or turf. This mix is nutrient rich while also neutralizing pH.
Dimension 6, Expocrete
Dimensions™ 3-piece system plus accent pieces deliver crisp, clean lines and a smooth, linear surface to create stunning contemporary designs with maximum efficiency.
Retaining Wall and Backyard Patios
To combat the slope of the yard, we constructed a Pisa Retaining Wall with Reversa caps in Charcoal to separate the backyard into two distinct spaces: an upper, covered patio area boasting stunning views of the nearby river, and a lower patio with more privacy and access to the nearby walking path. The charcoal colour and curves of the retaining wall blocks deliver a contemporary and sleek look and mimic the river below.
To maintain the integrity of the retaining wall, we built subtle, hidden drainage within it to move rainwater from the upper level of the patio to the lower and out of the yard.
Lower Patio Seating Area
At the base of the yard, we incorporated some Rundle Stepping Stones to complement the 40mm Rundle Rock ground cover. Throughout the yard, we built raised garden beds for future foliage and flowers. We filled them with our Premium Garden Mix - a blend of peat moss, compost, perlite, and sandy loam designed to provide a neutral pH and all the essential nutrients needed to grow a lush, beautiful garden. We topped the beds with Douglas Fir Premium Mulch to promote moisture retention in the soil, and to prevent weed growth.
This project took one of our 5-person crews two and a half weeks to complete. All in all, this sloped backyard is now transformed into an inviting outdoor oasis that offers both breathtaking views and serene privacy!
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