Ideas & Inspiration

7 Landscape Solutions for Problem Areas

Problem: Rocky Soil
Problem: Rocky Soil

Solution: Don’t fight the rocks; design a rock garden. Rocks add visual appeal and function to anchor the soil. Plant rock crevices with drought-tolerant plants such as ice plant and sedum as a form of xeriscaping.

Problem: Soil Erosion
Problem: Soil Erosion

Solution: There are a few different options to help hold back soil such as rock gardens, retaining walls, erosion fabric or even terracing. The easiest option is to grow a deep-rooting ground cover such as pachysandra (shade) or creeping rosemary (sun).

Problem: Poor Drainage
Problem: Poor Drainage

Solution: Plant a variety of wetland plants such as meadowsweet shrubs, Joe Pye weed, Colorado blue spruce, bayberry, ferns and winterberry. Improve drainage by using absorbent soils and pervious surfaces, edging puddles and creating drainage paths through low-lying areas with sand or stones.

Problem: Too Much Sun
Problem: Too Much Sun

Solution: Save time and money by planting low-maintenance, drought-tolerant perennials such as cacti and succulents. Group plants with similar irrigation needs together in your yard. Plant tall plants for shade such as acacia, mesquite and desert willow.

Problem: Too Much Shade
Problem: Too Much Shade

Solution: Many gardeners would not consider shade a problem as there are dozens upon dozens of shade-loving plants. Fill a shady landscape with hosta, hellebores, bleeding hearts, hollies, azaleas, boxwood, ferns, ginger, English ivy, hydrangea and ajuga.

Problem: No Privacy
Problem: No Privacy

Solution: The quickest solution is to build a fence. If you have a little more time, install lattice and plant vines underneath for added privacy and color. If you have a lot of time, grow a living wall made of trees or shrubs such as arborvitae or cherry laurel.

Problem: Critters
Problem: Critters

Solution: While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for pests, there is one thing you can do to reduce the chances of your landscape becoming an all-you-can-eat buffet: garden in raised beds. While this won’t solve all your problems, a raised bed helps deter small- and medium-sized animals. Add a fence or netting to deter deer and birds as well.