As mentioned in previous posts,
is the land of many slopes. I have talked about the plants for the slope, now let’s talk about how to get up and down that slope. Stairs can be made out of many types of materials. Concrete, pavers and flagstone are a few that I have worked with. For a more natural, rustic look try landscape timber stairs. San Diego
Landscape timbers are 6” x 6” pieces of lumber that are treated to resist water and termite damage. The most common type of landscape timber stairs consists of a 4’ wide front piece and 2 side pieces that are usually 12 to 24 inches in length. The 3 pieces are bolted together to form a step in the shape of a “U”. The steps are then bolted on top of one another with rebar and filled in with decomposed granite (mix in some stabilizer to resist water damage). These types of stairs are great for large properties with lots of little hills. Landscape timber stairs cost a little less than concrete. Since decomposed granite can be a loose material (even with stabilizer), it is not recommended if you have large dogs whose claws can tear into the material.
If you are a reasonably skilled carpenter then here is great link that shows you the steps for building landscape timber stairs. Otherwise hire a good contractor like the ones mentioned in the blog for a professional installation.
Here are some photos of landscape timbers stairs from one of my jobs.
Photos by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Rancho Bernardo.