If you have hills or slopes in your landscape, then it’s a good idea to consider the use of retaining walls. Retaining walls are designed to hold the earth in place with a series of decorative boulders, wood planks, or concrete landscaping blocks. Retaining walls slow erosion and make it possible for these areas to support landscaping plants where it might otherwise be impossible to grow them.
They also prevent erosion damage in your yard. There’s nothing attractive about the deep pits and gouges water damage can create. These pits and gouges in your yard are prone to puddles and standing water, especially during the rainy months.
Of course, few people will consider the utility of a well-built retaining wall. They add visual interest, drawing the eye to variations in grade and transforming them into assets. In addition, walkways and stairways can be added into retaining walls to create an even higher degree of drama and functionality.
Retaining walls are no DIY projects! They require a level of engineering and hardscaping skills to pull off appropriately, especially as one begins accounting for curves and shifts in the landscaping.
It also takes expertise to choose the right wall material, as aesthetics and price alone can’t be the only consideration. Some walls, for example, tolerate increased height better than others. Much will depend on the needs of your unique lawn and landscape. There are also several techniques to choose from, each one appropriate to specific scenarios.
Steve’s Lawn and Landscape keeps both utility and beauty in mind when we build retaining walls. We’ll work with you to make gorgeous design decisions that will make you want to smile every time you look in your yard. Retaining walls are about more than aesthetics and curb appeal: they are about keeping your property values high and ensuring you continue to enjoy your lawn and landscape for many years to come.