Slope towards fence: raised bed or no?

julianna_il(z6 IL)May 2, 2013

I want to put a perennial bed at the corner of the backyard fence. The yard slopes somewhat to the fence, so the fence is a bit lower than where the front edge will begin.

It's not a huge slope, probably like the photo link below, or not quite as much. (I just googled, not my pic)

What I'm wondering is if I need to edge this bed in at the back (maybe a plank of cedar) and raise it so it's more level? Or should I just go with the way it is? My main concern is erosion.

I haven't planned out the bed yet, but I suspect the back (at the fence) will be Joe Pye weed and butterfly weed. Maybe some morning glories. I don't know what else, but shorter things in front. LOL.

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You could probably minimize or eliminate erosion on this mild slope with some wood chip mulch. It's a good idea not to raise grade in front of a fence, if possible.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 8:24AM
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julianna_il(z6 IL)


Would certainly be easier if I don't have to try and level it out.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 12:06PM
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One more thing occurs to me, if you NEED some levelling. If that's the case, since you're only trying to combat potential erosion, you could use individual boards on edge that are attached to stakes securely driven into the ground in order to level up sections of the garden. Let's say, for example, that there is an 18" grade differential from one end of the garden to the other. Instead of creating an 18" retaining wall/device at the low end of the garden, divide the levelling into 3, 6" level changes. Plants can hide any unattractive structures since those would be low height. I would use the easiest, cheapest solution that does the job.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 3:33PM
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