Landscaping ideas for a small sloping backyard


Old 06-14-07, 08:58 PM
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Landscaping ideas for a small sloping backyard

Our back yard is roughly 17 feet from the house exterior to the fence. The length of the property is over 25 feet. So its a small yard that is south facing. The first 8 feet are level and then it slopes downwards with a 3:1 grade to the fence.

What options to we have have to landscape this area/slope. We have lost more than 10 feet here. Can retaining walls be built 10 feet from the fence? There is a water draining facility pipe such that water from lots above us in elevation will drain downwards and out towards our neighbours home backyard.

Building a deck is not possible since the city wont issue a permit (structure area has to be less than 45% of foot print).

We want to make as much land level as possible and try to plant and make it more use-able living area outside. I live in rainy Seattle.

Thanks a lot!
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Old 06-14-07, 09:06 PM
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You need to consult with a licensed and certified landscape engineer. There can be no runoff onto neighboring properties.

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