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If you are considering adding decking to your sloping garden or just wondering what ways you can enhance your sloped landscape, you may be concerned about the limited options available.

A sloped garden may be a challenge when building a new outdoor feature given that the installation process is not as straightforward in contrast with projects on a completely flat surface. In this article, we will discuss the various things you can do to level your garden or to simply enhance your decking project. Just because your garden isn’t completely flat doesn’t mean you can’t utilise the space effectively and even add decking to it.

1 Build a Multi-level Composite Decking

This is a more complex design for your composite decking. This decking method utilises multiple levels set at different heights, which can be connected via stairways or ramped paths, which look brilliant once they are complete. A multi-level decking is aesthetically pleasing and practical and can provide sections to your garden that add depth and means you can have certain areas separate, such as a food table. This method is seamless and beautiful and will blend into your surrounding environment. The obvious downsides to this are a big increase in installation time and the cost of materials. Therefore, it might not be your first choice if your main aim is to keep your budget low.

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2 Add Stairs to Your Garden

It is quite rare that a garden will provide a perfectly level surface to work on. It is unnatural for a ground to be perfectly even due to contours and undulation. In some cases, having an average gradient can be beneficial to your decking project. Gradual slopes allow you to install steps with less solid construction build-ups. Gradual slopes can be based up like patios, with the steps acting as low retaining walls. There are many different types of steps available with different designs and aesthetics to match every individual landscape. Adding stairs again is a little more technical so may require a professional to fit for you.

3 Use Posts to Raise Your Decking

To have an even level to build a frame, you can cut posts at different lengths and dig them into the ground by 1ft. You must also set the posts using post mix so that the top is slightly above the desired height. You can fix the joists to the posts using an electric screwdriver and 100mm wooden screws. Cut off any excess post with a saw. You will now be able to finish the frame and start attaching the boards to the frame. Lifting your decking off the ground can hide any uneven surfaces and give the illusion of a flat, even garden.

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chairs for decking

4 Combine your decking with your fence 

You can enhance the overall look of your decking by building it up against the fence. Many customers choose to place their decking up against the fence to save space. This will compliment your garden even further as the decking will sit perpendicular to the fence, giving it a neat appearance. You can also match the colour of the decking to the fence to create a cohesive scheme.

5 Cover the sloping sides with flowers

Soil erosion is a natural geological process where the soil is removed by wind and rain. The soil can be washed away in sheets and flowing streams of water.

Gardens with slopes are more likely to erode due to the gradient. If you plant flowers on these slopes, this will reduce the effects of the rain on the soil. Planting tall plants and bushes will counteract the height differences and add depth to the appearance of your space.

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decking and fencing

6 Building Balustrades

If your garden is sloped, then your decking is going to be raised to a certain height. Raising your decking can be a potential safety hazard – especially if you have children. Investing in a balustrade system will mitigate the risk of any trips or falls off the side of your decking from occurring. You have many options for balustrades, such as glass balustrades, frameless balustrades, semi-frameless balustrades and composite balustrades, meaning you can find what’s best for your property. Balustrades aren’t just for functionality; they can even add aesthetic value and make your home look modern.

7 Building a large fascia

Given that your decking is going to be raised, you may be able to see the substructure at certain parts of the decking when standing face-on. You can use decking boards to create a fascia to hide the frame that lies beneath the surface. This will add massive value to the decking and give it a 3D look. The area underneath your raised decking can even be used for storage purposes to keep garden tools or toys. Some suppliers will offer fascia boards but you can just add additional decking boards to get that perfect match.

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Conclusion

There are many decking ideas for a sloped garden such as building a multi-level decking, building a decking with stairs, balancing your decking with posts, trying to level your garden and others.

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