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Terracing is a great way to make flowering and vegetable gardening
possible on steep slopes. Terracing offers an array of benefits
including the conservation of soil and water, added dimension to
your landscaping, ability to create several mini-gardens, and it
prevents erosion on slopes by creating ridges and channels
constructed across-the-slope. For these reasons, terracing permits
more intensive gardening and cropping than would otherwise be
Almost any materials can be used to create terracing; treated wood,
natural stone, flags-on-edge, railway sleepers, fence base panels,
gabions (wire baskets filled with local stone), bricks, rocks,
concrete blocks, and related masonry materials. Basically, anything
that is capable of providing some upstanding while still being
firmly anchored to the ground beneath is suitable for the riser.
Keep in mind, many communities have building codes for walls and
Terraces can either be a do-it-yourself project or you can hire an
experienced land contractor to do the job. Regardless of who
installs it, a terrace system must be carefully designed. Terraces
must be spaced correctly, have sufficient ridge height and channel
cuts to provide the necessary water storage, and have properly-sized
outlets. The project is best completed all at one time but it
doesn't have to be. If you start at the top of the slope and work
downhill, construction of a terrace system can be spread over more
than one season.
A certain level of maintenance is required with a terrace system.
The main thing is yearly protective maintenance, such as removing
debris from outlets and smoothing out silt bars in the channels.
Occasionally, the ridges will need to be rebuilt.
Alternatives for Slopes:
• Using Ground Covers