Because the front yard sloped down and away from the front door, it was important to create level beds on both sides of the path. Once these areas were level, the house no longer looked like it was sliding downhill.
Adding soil is the easiest way to level out a sloping planting bed. We dumped all the soil from the excavated pathway onto the top of the beds. Then, we dug a low, level trench around the perimeter of each garden bed.
Slabs of 4-inch-thick wallstone limestone were then laid end to end in the trench. After the first layer of stone was set, we continued to add more stone, alternating each row so that the spaces between the stones did not line up.
Once your walls are built, you can backfill with soil. We tilled in several bales of sphagnum peat moss and raked the area level. If your existing soil is poor, you may also want to haul in new topsoil.
Continued on page 4: Adding Plants to Your Landscape