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Hugelkultur terracing for landscape?  RSS feed

 
Eric Gerber
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Our house is built on a bit of a slope, and we were planning on doing some terracing. I am wondering if it is feasible to use hugelkultur principals with the terraces? If one side of a hugelkultur mound is not a mound at all, but tapers out, will that work out? I just don't think big mounds in the front yard will give me the look I'm going for, but I really want to take advantage of the hugelkultur benefits. What are your thoughts on this?
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Jordan Lowery
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yes you can do it, we have more than a few hugelkultur terraces. i do recommend that they have some height to them, even if it is a couple inches. this makes the pathway act as a swale in heady downpours. which the hugel beds gladly soak up and hold or distribute slowly underground.

you also have to take into account that if your hugel terraces are 12" when you start. when the wood decomposes it will drop 6-12" or more leveling out. if you went level at first it would still sink and a terrace with a downward slope does very little good.

i also find it helps to have some space between the terraces on the slope if you do hugelkulture beds. this is where most of the excess water is released and where plants thrive. connecting terrace to terrace does work though.
 
Eric Gerber
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Thanks so much for the reply! Looking forward to getting some hugelterracing underway!
 
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