How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

It is no secret that landscaping really is one of the most expensive home renovations out there.

How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

While there are lots of home renovations that can really pack a punch on your wallet, landscaping in particular is very expensive simply because there aren’t lots of landscaping experts out there. 

For lots of people who purchase houses that are renovation projects, the yard will be the last priority on the list.

Perfecting your home first is a much more realistic option, and it allows you time to save money to landscape your garden.

But, if the landscaping work required for your garden isn’t too intense, you might find yourself debating whether, or not, you can do the work yourself. 

One of the main reasons why people hire landscape architects is that they are experts at correcting slopes and dips within your yard.

But, if you are feeling brave, you might decide to landscape the steep slopes in your garden yourself, all for a fraction of the cost of hiring an architect. 

In this guide, we’re taking a look at everything you need to know about how to landscape a steep slope on a budget. Read on to find out more! 

Can You Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget?

First things first, let’s take a look at whether, or not, it is possible to landscape a steep slope on a budget.

As is often the case with home renovations, anything is possible when you really put your mind to it, and the same principle applies to landscaping steep slopes. 

As long as you go into the project well aware that the end result will not be as good as if a professional were to do it, then yes, you can landscape a steep slope on a budget. 

There is no denying that landscaping work is costly, and that is mainly because the people who do this work are very good at what they do.

However, if you are happy to compromise on quality in favor of cost, then landscaping your garden yourself is totally doable. 

There are a couple of different options that you have when it comes to landscaping a steep slope on a budget, and these options will impact the cost.

So, let’s take a look at a rough idea of how much it will cost you to do the work in your yard.

How Much Will It Cost To Landscape A Steep Slope?

The overall cost of landscaping your slope will ultimately depend on your budget and what you are willing to spend.

If you have a lot of money to spend, you can easily spend a large sum on this job.

Likewise, if you are trying to keep costs down, then you can definitely do this on a tight budget. 

If all that you are doing is leveling out the slope in your garden, then you will likely be able to do this work while only spending a couple of hundred dollars.

If you were to add decking or other garden features to make the slope look better, then you will easily be able to spend considerably more. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how much it will cost to landscape a steep slope. 

How To Landscape Steep Slopes On A Budget

How To Landscape A Steep Slope On A Budget

When it comes to landscaping steep slopes on a budget, you have a couple of options.

Below we have outlined some of the best options and how to do them. 

Install A Flower Patch

If the steep slope in your garden isn’t in an area that you plan on using, then it is a good idea to make a feature out of this section of the garden. 

There are tons of different types of ground cover plants out there, and all of these flowers will thrive on a slope.

So, if you want to simply improve how the sloped area of your garden looks, this is the method we would recommend. 

Build A Tiered Retaining Wall

If you want to use the slightly more level area of your yard (see also “How Much Does It Cost To Level Land?“), then you should build a retaining wall around the slope.

This is an easy enough task, and can easily be done using cinder blocks or stones for a more natural look. 

The tiered retaining wall will section off different areas of the slope, and really improve the way that the yard looks.

While this isn’t necessarily a beginner-friendly method, it definitely is a task that you can do on a budget. 

Renovate Your Yard In Stages

Finally, if you do not have the skills to do all the landscaping work yourself, then the most budget-friendly method for landscaping the steep slopes in your yard is to do the work in stages. 

Landscaping work is a renovation that can easily cost thousands and thousands of dollars.

This certainly isn’t budget-friendly, but breaking the overall job down into smaller tasks definitely is. 

If you have a lot of slopes in your yard, consult with a landscaping company and come to an agreement that allows you to section off the yard.

This will allow you to pay for sections at a time and will make the overall project much more cost-effective.  


In short, if you are feeling brave, yes you absolutely can landscape your garden on a budget.

Landscaping steep slopes in your yard will not be easy, and it will take a lot of work.

But, if you are really dedicated to cutting the costs of your outdoor renovations, then this is an excellent way to keep costs low. 

Landscaping steep slopes will take quite some time, and it is unlikely that you will get it right the first time.

But with hard work, effort, and patience you will definitely be able to get your yard looking better than it did when you started.

In this guide, we have taken a look at everything you need to know about landscaping a steep slope on a budget. 

Thanks for reading! 

Luke Powell
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